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A bara brith loaf with two buttered slices

Bara brith

Published: February 8, 2021 at 3:31 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + Soaking
  • Easy
  • Cuts into 8-10 slices

A traditional Welsh treat, bara brith comes crammed with tea-infused dried fruit and two types of spice. This loaf cake is delicious spread with salted butter

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal265
fat6g
saturates3g
carbs48g
sugars27g
fibre2g
protein5g
salt0.4g
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Try this recipe for bara brith, then check out our fruited tea loaf, banana malt loaf, ginger loaf and more loaf cake recipes. For another traditional Welsh treat, bake a batch of our easy Welsh cakes.

Ingredients

  • 250g dried mixed fruit
  • 50g soft butter, cubed, plus extra for the tin
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • 1 breakfast tea bag (we used Glengettie welsh tea)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 275g self-raising flour

Method

  • STEP 1

    Tip the fruit, butter, sugar and treacle into a bowl. Make the teabag into 150ml of strong tea with boiling water, then pour over the fruit mixture. Leave for 10 minutes or until cooled and the butter has melted.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Butter and line a 900g loaf tin. Mix the eggs into the cooled fruit mixture, then stir in the spices, a pinch of salt and the flour to make a smooth cake batter. Tip into the tin and bake for 1 hr 15- 1 hr 25 minutes, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin. Will keep in an airtight container for five days.

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