Bara Brith (Welsh Tea Bread)

Welsh fruit loaf
Welsh fruit loaf
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Ingredients

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1 cup Hot brewed tea
¾ cup Dried currants soaked
¾ cup Golden raisins soaked
¾ cup Demerara sugar
1 ¼ cups Self-rising flour
1 Eggs beaten

Nutritional information

189
calories
0,9g
fat
43,2g
carbohydrates
3,8g
protein
23mg
cholesterol
261mg
sodium
Ingredients

Bara Brith (Welsh Tea Bread)

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Bara Brith is a Welsh fruit loaf which is traditionally flavoured by adding tea, dried fruits and mixed spices. It is usually served sliced with lots of butter. Bara Brith literally means “speckled bread” in the Welsh language and it gets its name because of the dried fruit which speckles the bread. 

It couldn’t be easier to make this fruit loaf. Start by soaking the raisins and currants in hot tea for a minimum of 8 hours. When you are ready to make the bead, mix demerara sugar with the soaked fruit until it is completely dissolved. Stir in the flour and egg to the tea and fruit mixture until completely combined. Place the batter in a loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes. Leave to cool for a few minutes before turning the bread onto a wire rack! 

To make Bara Brith, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Bara Brith (Welsh Tea Bread)

Steps to make Bara Brith (Welsh Tea Bread)

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8h

Soak raisins in tea

Place ¾ cup of raisins and ¾ cup of currants in a bowl. Pour over a cup of hot tea and soak for 8 hours or overnight.

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Done
5

Heat oven and prepare a tin

Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line a 2-pound loaf pan with a greased sheet of parchment paper.

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2

Add sugar to raisins and currants

Stir ¾ cup of demerara sugar into the tea and fruit mixture until it is completely dissolved.

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Done
2

Add flour and egg

Stir in 1 ¼ cups of flour and 1 beaten egg into the tea and fruit mixture. Mix well until the ingredients are completely integrated into a batter.

5
Done
1

Transfer cake batter to pan

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top.

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40

Bake

Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes until golden brown on top.

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Done
5

Cool

Cool the Bara Brith in the bread pan for about 5 minutes before transferring the loaf to a rack to cool completely.

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Done

Serve

Serve with a strong cup of tea.

Try this Welsh classic Bara Brith recipe soon - make sure you load it up with lots of butter. Come back after to leave a comment with your thoughts!

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Recipe Reviews

Average Rating:
(4.9)
Total Reviews: 11
Pearl Capestany

Bookmarking this page I love everything you guys have including the vegan banana bread!

Haleigh Vellanki

I used some brown sugar instead of demerara sugar cause I wasn't sure where to buy it.

Joelle Zanis

Obsessed with this bara brith bread never knew i'd be a fan of welsh bread but I guess I am now!

Macey Babani

This is sooo good with some honey on it and tea or coffee, just perfect.

Kristina Hartoonian

Brilliant little snack to have with tea, you can even dip it n the tea and it will taste amazing!

Myra Jourdain

Mine turned out too hard to chew but I liked the taste of it anyway.

Audrina Gogna

The BOMB is what my kid said after one bite haha, we both loved it a lot.

Sailor Mahaffie

Delicious and simple to make despite the long time it's totally worth it.

Karter Fitzherbert

Great recipe I enjoyed it a lot and so did my bestie we were eating this for brunch and had some iced tea too :)

Audrina Gogna

Normally me and my family consider raisins enemies but this is an exception to the hating raisins rule since the bread is just sooo good.

Athina

Well done! Verified!

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