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- 1⁄4 lb dried fruit
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 ounces candied peel
- 6 ounces lard
- 1 pint water
- 1 ounce fresh yeast
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1⁄2 lb demerara sugar
- 2 lbs plain flour
- 2 eggs
- Oven: 450F, Gas Mark 8 for 15 minutes: 375F, Gas Mark 5 for 45 minutes.
- Soak the fruit and candied peel in the water with the spice.
- Leave to steep in a warm place and use the warm spicy, strained water to mix the dough.
- Sift the flour and salt and rub in the lard; cream the yeast with the sugar and a little of the spiced water; mix this into the flour, together with the eggs and use enough of the water to give a firm, yet elastic dough.
- Knead well, leave to rise and knock back; blend in the drained fruit and knead again.
- Shape the dough into loaves and set into greased 1 lb tins in a warm place to prove; bake, reducing the temperature after the first 15 minutes.
- Originally, in some recipies, the fruit content would have been fresh currants or blackberries.
- Bara Brith is often served as part of the traditional Welsh tea.
- It can also be purchased at many of the small bakeries found throughout Wales.
- British Cookery (BTA/BFPC)