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Recipes from around the world: Bara Brith

By SanctuarySocial 09 Jun 2023

A Welsh Wonder.

Bara brith is a classic tea bread from Wales that has a delightful combination of tea, dried fruits, and spices. Great for an afternoon tea vibe or accompanied by a hot drink.


  • 400g mixed fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants)
  • 300ml strong hot tea 
  • 250g self-raising flour 
  • 1 tsp mixed spice 
  • 100g dark brown muscovado sugar 
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • Honey to glaze


  1. Put the dried fruit in a bowl and pour over the tea, mix in the sugar and stir well to dissolve. Leave to soak for at least 6 hours or overnight. 
  2. Next day, sift the flour and spice into the soaked fruit (no need to drain the tea) and stir in the egg. Blend well together. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C /Gas 4. Line a 900g loaf tin with bakewell paper and pour in the mixture. 
  4. Bake for approximately 1 hour until the cake has risen and cooked through. Leave to cool on a rack and store for 2 days before eating. Serve sliced with butter. 
  5. This mixture can be doubled to make 2 loaves and will keep for up to 7 days.
  6. Warm a little honey to drizzle over the surface of the warm cake for a glazed topping.

Courtesy of Lucy Handley!

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