A bara brith loaf with two buttered slices

Bara brith

  • cuts into 8-10 slices
  • Easy

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


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.



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


  • 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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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 265
  • Fat 6g
  • Saturates 3g
  • Carbs 48g
  • Sugars 27g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Protein 5g
  • Salt 0.4g