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Traditional Bara Brith Welsh Tea Loaf.

Posted by Lorraine on 28th Feb 2019

This Traditional Bara Brith Welsh Tea Loaf Recipe was passed on to me many years ago. We love a good fruit cake in our house so this recipe has been prepared countless times and we never tire of it! With St David's day on the horizon we thought is was the perfect time to share this wonderful recipe!

It's so incredibly easy to make, you just need to remember to soak the fruit the night before. The plump, juicy soaked fruit is the reason this recipe is so good! It tastes great on its own but even better sliced, buttered and served with a steaming pot of tea.

Traditional Bara Brith Welsh Tea Loaf.

Preparation Time; 10 Minutes (Plus overnight soaking of the fruit)

Cooking Time; 1 hr 30 mins.


  • 350g Mixed dried fruit
  • 115g Soft brown sugar
  • 170ml Strong warm, black tea
  • 1 Large egg - beaten
  • 230g Self raising flour
  • 1 Tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch Salt


1. In a large bowl mix the dried fruit, sugar and tea together. Cover and leave to soak overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.

3. Sieve the flour, salt, mixed spice and cinnamon into the mixture.

4. Finally add the beaten egg and mix well.

5. Pour into the lined loaf tin and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Test if the cake is done by placing a skewer into the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is ready.

6. Enjoy! Best served sliced with a smearing of butter.

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