I’ve never made a Bara Brith before and I made this one for my work colleague’s birthday recently. If you’re not aware of Bara Brith it’s traditionally a Welsh fruit loaf made with tea-soaked fruit; see more here. I used the recipe from BBC food.
Note: you will need to prep the fruit in advance and leave overnight so plan that into your baking schedule.
What you’ll need:
A 2lb loaf tin greased and lined
450g dried mixed fruit
250g brown sugar
300ml pint warm black tea
2 tsp mixed spice
450g self-raising flour
1 free-range egg, beaten
What you do:
In advance of baking your Bara Brith soak the fruitin the tea at least overnight.
Next day, make 300ml of black tea.
The recipe didn’t advise how many tea bags etc so I used 2.
I guess you can make it as strong or as weak as you prefer.
Add all the remaining ingredients (sugar, spice, flour and egg) into the fruit and tea and mix well.
I did this by hand as when I tried to use the electric mixer, the mixture flew out of the bowl everywhere!
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for approx 1 1/2 hours.
It was at this point I discovered my loaf tin was not a 2lb tin but most probably a 1lb tin; so I needed to bake 2 loaves and doubled my baking time….aaarrrggghh
This is a really simple recipe, it just requires a bit of forward planning and a long bake. Slice the loaf when cooled and serve with butter and a cuppa! mmmmm