Low sugar bara brith

    9 hours 35 min

    This recipe gives you the sweetness you need from the fruit with just a little added sugar. Delicious served with a cup of tea and smeared with a little butter.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g (1 lb) mixed dried fruit
    • 450ml (15 fl oz) brewed tea
    • 85g (3 oz) caster sugar
    • 400g (13oz) self raising or wholemeal flour
    • 1 egg
    • 1 handful crushed walnuts
    • 2 teaspoons mixed spice

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr20min  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:9hr35min 

    1. Place the fruit and sugar in a bowl and pour the tea over and leave to soak overnight, two tea bags should provide about the right strength of tea. The next day the fruit should have absorbed much of the tea.
    2. The next day, preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 22x13cm (900g) loaf tin and line with baking parchment.
    3. Add the flour, egg and mixed spice to the soaked fruit mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Transfer to the prepared loaf tin.
    4. Bake in the middle of the oven for 80 minutes until risen and firm to the touch, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool before serving.


    This loaf freezes well, enjoy!

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    I made this for the second time using a 500gm packet of mixed fruit and I used 2 eggs. I also cut the amount of sugar down to 2oz but it was still sweet enough. I did find that it took another 20 minutes or so to cook. My husband and I both loved it and found that it keeps really well and is even better after the first day.  -  28 Mar 2017


    I made this using the exact ingredients and loaf tin. Quite easy to make but I thought the amount was too much for the tin. When I baked it, it rose very high and I found the top burned. I had to leave in oven for the correct time for cake to cook through properly. Apart from the burnt top, it tasted nice and fruity. February 2017  -  23 Feb 2017


    This was very nice indeed. We enjoyed it for St David's Day 2016!!  -  01 Mar 2016