Bara brith

Bara brith

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 25 mins Plus overnight soaking


Cuts into 10 slices
Good Food reader, Win Morgan shares her recipe for this traditional Welsh tea bread loaf with mixed spice - serve sliced and spread with butter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal321
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars40g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.5g


  • 300g mixed fruit
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • zest 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 250ml hot black tea
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 50g soft butter, plus extra for greasing and to serve (optional)



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Tip the fruit into a bowl with the sugar and orange zest. Pour over the tea, stir everything together and leave to soak overnight.

  2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line the base and short sides of a 900g/loaf tin with 1 strip of baking parchment. Tip the flour and spice into a bowl, and beat in the fruit and soaking liquid. Add the egg, followed by the butter. Beat until you have a well-combined, stiff batter, then tip into the prepared loaf tin. Bake for 1¼ hrs, covering with foil or parchment if the top starts to get too dark. Check with a skewer – if it doesn’t come out clean, give it another 5-10 mins in the oven.

  3. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove and leave to cool completely. Serve sliced and buttered, if you like.

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31st Mar, 2015
Simple to make and absolutely delicious! All the family love it. Thanks for a great recipe.
29th Apr, 2014
Just love this tea cake - super easy, super tasty! We use sutanas and apricots and Earl Grey tea, and make regularly. A lovely, light; moist cake. Thank you for posting our new go-to cake recipe, I just know this one will be passed down through the family!
26th Apr, 2014
Really foolproof and lovely recipe. My family not keen on peel etc so just used raisins in mine - turned out lovely. Highly recommend.
11th Jan, 2014
dead easy and absolutly delicious although i found it a bit on the sweet side so i reduced the amount of sugar and it worked really well.
2nd Jan, 2014
Absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it
9th Nov, 2013
Lovely everyday treat, easy to make and pretty economical too as it only uses 1 egg and 50g butter and a cup of tea doesn't cost much! I bought 'value range' sultanas which kept the cost even lower. I only had ordinary light brown sugar an no orange and it still came out very well so I've stuck to this variation. I added an extra half teaspoon of cinnamon just because I adore cinnamon. This seems to go down very well with my dad and boyfriend, both of whom never usually eat cake. A great value treat, especially when served with a thin layer of butter spread on a slice.
11th May, 2013
nice tasty recipe, my grandkids loved it with butter and jam!


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