Welsh Bara Brith Cake

Bara Brith Cake Recipe

The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
518 Calories
2g Fat
119g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 518
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 936mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 119g 43%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 294mg 23%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 715mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

No Welsh afternoon tea would ever be complete without this delicious fruity tea bread, known as Bara Brith or, literally, speckled bread. This is a common afternoon delight, though, honestly, this fruit loaf can be eaten any time it is so delicious.

This recipe comes from Gilli Davies' renowned book of Welsh food, "Flavours of Wales," which was nominated for a Gourmand World Book Award.


  • 1 pound (450 g) mixed dried fruit

  • 1 1/3 cups (300 ml) cold tea

  • 2 tablespoons marmalade

  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, soft

  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice

  • 1 pound (450 g) self-rising flour

  • Honey, to glaze

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Soak the fruit overnight in the tea.

  3. Next day, mix in the marmalade, egg, brown sugar, spice, and flour. Spoon into a greased 900-gram loaf tin and bake in a warm oven 170 C/325 F/Gas Mark 3 for 1 1/4 hours, or until the center is cooked through.

  4. Check from time to time to see that the top doesn't brown too much, and cover with a sheet of foil if necessary.

  5. Once cooked, leave the Bara Brith to stand for 5 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on a cooling tray, brush honey over the top to glaze.

How to Store and Freeze

  • Bara Brith bread is actually best made two days ahead of time before you plan to eat it. This allows the flavors to absorb into the bread.
  • This bread freezes well for up to three months. Wrap it in plastic wrap and foil, then place it in an airtight plastic container or freezer storage bag.

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