Welsh Tea Loaf

Vanilla and Molasses Cake with Raisins
Vanilla and Molasses Cake with Raisins
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2¾ cups Water
1 (15 ounce) package Raisins
4 tsp Baking soda
1½ cups Butter softened
1½ cups Sugar white
3 Eggs
2 tbsp Molasses
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
⅛ tsp Salt
4 cups All-purpose flour

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Welsh Tea Loaf


Made famous in our family by my great-grandmother, this Welsh Tea Loaf, also known as Bara Brith, is perfect for any afternoon tea party!

Studded with plump raisins or currants and usually soaked in tea, which we’ve left out for ease of baking and which you can enjoy served in a teacup instead, with the best Welsh Tea Loaf to relax you on any afternoon.

To make Welsh Tea Loaf, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Welsh Tea Loaf

Steps to make Welsh Tea Loaf


Preheat oven and prepare baking sheet


Preheat oven to 350 °F and lightly grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans.


Cook raisins


In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine 2¾ cups of water with 15 ounces of raisins and bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for about 2 minutes.


Add baking soda


Remove saucepan from the heat and stir in 4 teaspoons of baking soda. Allow to cool completely.


Combine butter and sugar


In a large mixing bowl, combine 1½ cups of butter and 1½ cups of sugar until light and fluffy.


Add eggs


Beat in 3 eggs, 1 at a time and combine well before adding each one.


Add flavor


Add 2 tablespoons of molasses, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and ⅛ teaspoon of salt. Stir to mix through.


Add flour


Add 4 cups of all-purpose flour and mix to combine well.


Add raisin mixture


Fold in the raisin mixture and combine well.




Transfer loaf batter to the prepared loaf tins and bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.



Allow to cool slightly, in loaf pans to serve at room temperature.

If you love baking but are tired of the same recipes, then this Welsh Tea Loaf recipe is a great option to try that promises outstanding results. Let us know how your loaves come out and share some pictures with us online when you use the hashtag #cookmerecipes online to be in touch!

Lilly is an enthusiastic and cheerful young mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Lilly's going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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Total Reviews: 13
Joelle Zanis

Wasn't sure I'd like this a lot since I'm used to eating things like the banana bread or welsh cakes but this was actually good, thx.

Clover Housley

Very happy with how this bread turned out, not to dry or hard and never crumbles, perfect alongside some coffee or tea.

Linnea Lavoy

Fantastic british welsh bread, loved it so much and will be making it again soon for sure.

Nalani Lleshi

So simple to make this and doesn't take that much time compared to other welsh bread recipes so props to the creator.

Lennox Oner

Great recipe so easy to make and takes very little time compared to most breads.

Angie Vanbecelaere

The texture of this welsh loaf is perfection, absolutely delicious.

Isabela Milsom

Great with some peanutbutter or jam, kids and I eat this in the morning or for a small snack :)

Macey Babani

It's so good with some tea, even better than cookies and much less sweet!

Sailor Mahaffie

A bit too dry but it's not awful, just goes hard after a few hours so I'd recommend eating it fresh out of the oven.

Lilyann Rava

Made this yesterday and had it with some honey on the top and berry jam, just wonderful.

Neveah Newhauser

Love everything Lilly makes, always has the best recipes with affordable ingridients, would recommend her and this amazing loaf!

Taliyah Askar

I didn't put as much salt as stated instead I put half of what was written.


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