This traditional Welsh fruit loaf literally means "speckled bread" which refers to the mixed fruits that are incorporated into the recipe. Bara Brith is also known as a "tea loaf" as it is often either made with, or enjoyed with, tea and it shares many characteristics with teacakes.
For our version of the Bara Brith Recipe we soak the dried fruits in our favourite Tea Palace teas overnight for extra body, flavour and spice. Why not try out our recipe for yourself?
For the tea-soaked fruit:
400g luxury mixed dried fruit
75g dried cranberries
250ml Palace Breakfast or Palace Earl Grey prepared at double-strength (2 teaspoons of tea per cup)
Soak the dried fruit and the cranberries in the tea overnight. Using Earl Grey will give a more aromatic, fruity flavour to the finished loaf.
Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3
Drain the tea from the fruit
Melt the butter and marmalade together in a saucepan over low heat.
Allow marmalade mixture to cool for five minutes
Beat and add both eggs
Mix together all dry ingredients and then stir in the drained fruit
Add the butter mixture and the milk to the dry and fruit mix
Prepare a 2lb loaf tin (grease and flour)
Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1-1¼ hours until a skewer or toothpick comes out of the cake clean
Remove it from the oven and turn out on to a wire rack. Allow leaf to cool before serving.
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