Life is uncertain. Eat Dessert first.

Happy Hallowe’en!

It’s not Hallowe’en without a slice of buttered barmbrack.

Soak 175g brown sugar, 450g mixed dried fruit and 110g mixed peel in a bowl with 150ml cold strong tea. Leave in the fridge overnight, covered with a tea towel.

The next day mix in a lightly beaten egg, 250g plain flour (sieved), and a half teaspoon each of mixed spice and bread soda. Grease a 7-inck deep cake tin and line the base, pour the mixture in and bake in an oven pre-heated to 180C for an hour and a half. Don’t forget to mix in a coin or ring wrapped in baking parchment before putting it in the oven!

Cool in the tin and then place on a serving plate to slice.

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