Irish Tea Cake (Barmbrack)
Barmbrack comes in tons of varieties, from light and yeasted to super-dense and fruitcake-like, which is what I attempted here. It's traditionally a Halloween treat, and my experience was, unfortunately, equal parts trick and treat. This recipe improves on the original video version, which my Irish friends on YouTube said needed baking soda, more tea, and much less whole grain flour. Of course, top with butter and enjoy alongside a cup of hot tea.
Use any kind of whiskey you prefer.
Feel free use all all-purpose flour. Using half spelt (1 cup) inhibited the height for me, so feel free to experiment with the amount. You can also use regular whole wheat flour instead.