Bara Brith

CM’s half term homework at this time of year focuses on the forthcoming Eisteddfod, last year we made a wonderful papier mache dragon, but this year with not so much time to play with we decided on baking.
A lack of a baking stone meant Welsh cakes were out of the question, so I opted to get CM’s love for fruit flowing by meshing our favourite fruit loaf with a traditional Bara Brith.
One of the features of Bara Brith is soaking the fruit in tea, which was definitely a cause of contention, given coffee is known by the children to soothe all of my ills!

Bara Brith

Seren Bara Brith
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
  1. 50g dried apricots, chopped
  2. 50g glace cherries, chopped
  3. 50g dried cranberries
  4. 100g raisins
  5. 100g sultanas
  6. 200mls strong warm tea
  7. 200mls warm milk
  8. 1 sachet (7g) fast-action yeast
  9. 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  10. 1tsp salt
  11. 75g butter
  12. 1tsp mixed spice
  13. 1tsp ground cinnamon
  14. 50g dark brown sugar
  15. 1 medium egg, beaten
  16. Oil for greasing
  1. Soak the fruit in tea, preferably overnight but definitely for a couple of hours.
  2. With the milk warm to touch, add the yeast and leave for 15mins.
  3. Put the flour and salt in a mixing bowl, rub the butter into the mix and blend into fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the sugar and spice, and then the fruit.
  5. Add the beaten egg and the yeast mix, to form a dough.
  6. Knead until smooth- around 10mins.
  7. Oil the bowl, and add the dough, cover with oiled cling film.
  8. Place in a warm place for 1hr or until doubled in size.
  9. Grease a loaf tin.
  10. Knockback the dough, shape and put in the loaf tin.
  11. Cover with either oiled cling film or a damp tea cloth and prove for 30mins in a warm place.
  12. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees celsius.
  13. Bake for 20mins, cover with foil and bake for a further 25mins.
  14. Remove, turn out and cool.
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    Polka Dot Family
    February 26, 2015 at 09:51

    This sounds delicious, I have to give this a go… although will need to add tea bags to the shopping list
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      March 29, 2015 at 19:33

      It is a delicious snack (which I’m convinced is good for us!).

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    Erica Price
    March 4, 2015 at 11:21

    I have a similar recipe without the more exotic apricots – must make it soon.
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      March 29, 2015 at 19:51

      🙂 I just wander round the supermarket and see what new tastes I can introduce the children to.

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    June 3, 2021 at 05:26

    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

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