Bara Brith

Bara Brith is also known as ‘speckled bread’ – a traditional welsh bake. It’s a bread made with self raising flour and enriched with dried fruits. This traditional bake is flavoured with black tea, mixed spice and mixed dried fruit.

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In the traditional community where I live, a small parish consisting of a few villages, traditional tea breads like this one are always popular at cake sales. It’s quite an old fashioned bake but it’s still delightful!

This bake is perfect served warm with butter melted on top as an elevenses or part of an afternoon treat served with tea or coffee. With a slight crunch on the edges with a soft moist centre it makes a delicious snack.

It’s so easy to make – in 3 simple steps this bread is in the oven giving the kitchen a wonderful aroma.

Bara Brith

Oven – 170c

Ingredients:

  • 450g dried mixed fruit
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 300ml warm black tea
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 1 free range egg, beaten

Method:

  1. In large saucepan heat dried fruit and sugar in tea. Leave to infuse for 5-10 mins
  2. Mix remaining ingredients into the fruit mixture and beat well.
  3. Pour mixture into lined (2lb)loaf tin and bake for 1-1 ½ hours until a skewer comes out clean.

Tips:

  • When pouring the mixture into the tin it will look full – this is okay! it wont spill over!
  • After 45 mins cover the top with tin foil to stop it from burning
  • check the bread after 1 hour – every ovens different and you don’t want to over cook it.
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