recipe. Bara brith

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Recipe from: All Recipes co uk
Language: English
Persons: 12
Preparation time: 6 hours 25 mins
Nutrition: 170kcal
Tags: Sweet and Fruity Breads, dried fruit, traditional


Place the tea bags in a heatproof measuring jug and pour in the boiling water. Stir, then leave to infuse for 3-4 minutes. Put the dried fruit in a bowl. Remove the tea bags, squeezing them over the jug, and pour the tea over the fruit. Cover and set aside to soak for at least 5 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 160ºC (325ºF, gas mark 3). Grease and line a 900 g (2 lb) loaf tin. Sift the white and wholemeal flours, baking powder and spice into a bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve. Stir in the sugar.
Pour in the soaked dried fruit, scraping in all the liquid from the bowl, and add the beaten egg. Lightly mix the egg and fruit together, then stir in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. The mixture should be soft enough to drop easily off the spoon. Add 2-3 tsp more hot water if needed.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread it out evenly. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours or until the loaf is well risen and firm, cracked along the middle and browned on top. Cover loosely with foil for the last 20 minutes of baking if it is becoming too brown.
Leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. This teabread tastes particularly good if it is left for 1-2 days before eating. It can be kept, in a polythene bag in a cool place, for about 5 days.


  • 2 tea bags
  • 330 ml (11 fl oz) boiling water
  • 225 g (8 oz) mixed dried fruit
  • 170 g (6 oz) self-raising white flour
  • 170 g (6 oz) self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 55 g (2 oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten

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