Bara brith (Tea cake)

Bara brith (Tea cake)


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About this recipe: Heard about this cake the other day, so asked around and got it from a friend's mother. I used Yorkshire tea, but any will do. First time I made it, it got such a good reception that I made three more that week! Vary the colour by using either fresh tea, or the back end of the pot. Great buttered with a cuppa.

Makes: 1 (2 lb) loaf cake

  • 450g dried mixed fruit - raisins, sultanas
  • 250g soft brown sugar
  • 300ml warm black tea
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 450g self raising flour
  • 1 egg

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:9hr45min 

  1. In a large bowl, mix together fruit and sugar. Pour over the tea, cover with cling film and soak overnight.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients into the fruit mixture and beat well until a smooth, sticky cake mixture is formed. Pour into a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin.
  3. Bake at 170 C / Gas 3 for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Enjoy!


Could also use quartered glace cherries in the dried fruit mixture for extra sweetness.

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