Welsh Recipe - Welsh Bara Brith
What is Bara Brith?
Bara Brith - pronounced "Bara breeth" (rhymes with teeth) is a very traditional Welsh recipe and tea-time classic. The name literally means "Speckled Bread" and is baked and sold commercially in most parts of Wales, but virtually every Welsh region, Town or Family seems to have their own special version of this Welsh recipe.
But it is not only Wales where Bara Brith is a traditional Food. The Welsh recipe for Bara Brith was taken by Welsh Settlers to the Chubut Province of Argentina when they arrived there circa 1865, and has since become a traditional Argentinian food known as "Torta Negra" which means "Black Cake"
Welsh recipe Bara Brith can be made in two ways - as a yeast bread with dried fruits, in the style of the Irish Barmbrack (although this version has a limited shelf-life and needs to be eaten as soon as possible), or it can be made in the style of a fruit cake with self-raising flour and packed with candied peel, raisins and currants which have been soaked in tea overnight. This version of Bara Brith tends to be favourite as it can be kept for quite a long time.
Welsh Recipe Bara Brith - Ingredients
75g packet of dried cranberries
14oz /400g dried mixed fruit
1 mug of strong hot black tea
- 100g butter ( and a wee bit more for greasing)
- 2 heaped tablespoons of orange marmalade
2 eggs, beaten
450g self-raising flour - try a mix of wholemeal and white
175g light soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
4 tablespoons of milk
50g granulated sugar, for dusting
Welsh Recipe - Preparation and Baking
The preparation of Welsh Recipe Bara Brith should take no more than fifteen minutes and the cooking between an hour and one hour fifteen minutes, but don't forget that the fruit will need to soak overnight before use.
Welsh recipe Bara Brith - Method:
Place the cranberries and dried fruit in a large bowl and pour the hot tea over them. Give the mix a good stir, then cover the bowl and allow to stand and soak overnight.
Preheat oven to Gas mark 4 (160c)
Take a 2lb (900 gram) loaf tin and grease with butter. Line the bottom with baking parchment.
Gently melt the marmalade and butter together in a saucepan, then leave to cool again for five minutes before beating in the eggs.
Drain the fruit and mix together with the sugar, spices and flour. add the butter and marmalade mix and the milk and mix together until you get a nice even mix.
Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and level it off. Sprinkle with the sugar and bake in your pre-heated oven for between an hour and an hour fifteen minutes until it becomes a nice golden brown colour. Prick it with a skewer or fork - If it comes out clean then the Bara Brith is ready.
Leave (in the tin) to cool completely then serve sliced, buttered or unbuttered according to taste - Lovely!
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