Fr. Wm Corby Division and Associates, Fairfax Station, Virginia

October Selection


Bairin Breac

(Irish Halloween Cake)

Tradition has it, finding the Golden Ring brings luck for a year

             Courtesy of Bernd Biege


Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 60 Minutes



1 pound plain flour

50 grams butter (conversion: 3-1/2 Tablespoons)

1/2 pound sultanas

1/2 pound currants

1 teaspoon dry yeast

1/2 pint warm milk

50 grams sugar (conversion: 4 Tablespoons)

1/4 pound mixed peel

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg (ground)

pinch of salt

2 eggs

1 golden ring (substitute golden ring with a whole hazelnut or almond) or leave out



Warm the milk and mix with half of the sugar and the yeast, let the mixture cure for a while in a warm place. Mix flour, salt and spices in a bowl, add butter and the rest of the sugar - stir until you have a good mixture, then add the milk-yeast-mixture and the eggs, beating all with some enthusiasm to a creamy consistence. Add all other ingredients and mix well.


Pour the mixture into a greased baking form lined with greased paper, cover with a towel and let the dough rise to about double height in a warm place. Bake for 60 minutes at 390 degrees.


Important Safety Advice

Take care when sharing this cake, inform everybody that there is a golden ring hidden inside ... or face dental bills!

·         Children may accidentally swallow the ring, it also is a choking hazard!

·         Never use a plastic ring, this will melt and spoil the cake!

If you have any concerns about using a ring in the cake - leave it out or substitute with a whole hazelnut or almond.