Welsh Fruit Loaf - Bara Brith

    10 hours 45 minutes

    The fruit loaf is a traditional Welsh tea cake and is best eaten spread with butter with a cup of tea! Allow time to soak the fruit overnight. Check the cake after an hour, if it browns too quickly cover it with foil and return to the oven.

    60 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 300ml boiling water
    • 3 strong tea bags
    • 170g soft brown sugar
    • 225 to 250g dried mixed fruit
    • 225g self raising flour
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 tsp of mix spice
    • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Extra time:8hours marinating  ›  Ready in:10hours45min 

    1. Brew the tea bags in the water for 5 minutes, remove the tea bags and, while the tea is still hot, add the sugar and stir well until dissolved
    2. Pour the sweet tea over the dried fruit, then cover and leave to stand overnight.
    3. When your ready to make the loaf, preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. mix together all of the dry ingredients, slowly stirring in the egg, the soaked fruit and any liquid from the fruit.
    4. When its all well mixed, pour the batter into a lightly greased and lined large loaf tin.
    5. Place into the preheated oven for approx 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours.
    6. Leave to stand for 10 minutes before turning out the cake onto a cooling rack

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    We really enjoyed this. I used strong black Irish breakfast tea to soak the fruit, which was black and golden raisins and currants. I also decreased the sugar to 125g. Mine was ready in 45 minutes but I may have converted the oven temperature incorrectly. Thanks for a great recipe!  -  09 May 2013


    Altered ingredient amounts. I upped the spices to a teaspoon each and it comes out divine  -  17 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Something else. This tea loaf is very good , very moorish!!!!!!!!!!  -  04 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)