Welsh Recipes: Bara Brith Cake

Bara Brith Cake

The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 6 servings

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.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Soak the fruit overnight in the tea.

  3. Next day, mix in the marmalade, egg, sugar, spice, and flour. Spoon into a greased 900 gram loaf tin and bake in a warm oven 170 C/ 325 F/ Gas 3 for 1 3/4 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.

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