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Easy bara brith

Delicious bara brith! Quick and simple! Not the traditional version but sure tastes the same or better!

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450g of plain bread flour

1tsp mixed spice

1tsp baking powder

175g/6oz Muscavado sugar
1 medium size free-range egg
1tbsp orange zest
2tbsp orange juice
1tbsp honey
300ml/½pt cold tea
450g/1lb mixed, dried fruit
Extra honey for glazing


Put the mixed dried fruit into a mixing bowl, pour over the tea, cover and leave to soak overnight. The next day mix together the sugar, egg, orange juice, zest and honey, add to the fruit. Sift in the flour and spice, and mix well. Pour the mixture into a buttered loaf tin, 1.2L/2pt. Bake in a preheated oven at gas3/160c/325f for about 1¾ hours. The loaf should be golden in colour and firm to the touch in the middle. Baste with honey whilst still warm. Allow to cool thoroughly before storing in a cake tin.

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"Easy" Bara Brith

I soaked the fruit (raisins and dried apricots) in 300 ml tea overnight. The fruit has swelled up nicely but there's now only 100ml of liquid left. Should I add 200 ml of tea, to bring it back to 300ml? Thanks Paul

Paul England 15 May 2018


Hi paul, I didn't add anymore liquid to it but each type of flour absorbs liquid differently. The mix should be quiet stiff and not pourable. Hope this helps

manon roberts 15 May 2018


Thanks Manon you were right, it didn't need any more liquid. Interestingly, I shortened the above recipe bake time from 1hr 45min to just one hour, by using a silicone Bundt mold and also reduced the temp to 135c (fan oven). It always takes longer in a loaf tin. The Bundt is more efficient. Crumb was nice and moist and benefitted with soaking fruit first. Thanks again. https://www.dropbox.com/s/x63o1zw1rh3urkn/P1040031.JPG?dl=0

Paul England 15 May 2018

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