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    Traditional Welsh Bara Brith

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    Phillip Davies's Note:

    Here is a sample recipe ,this one for the ever popular Bara Brith. BARA BRITH ( SPECKLED BREAD :

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    1. 1
      This is Wales' traditional rich fruit bread.
    2. 2
      South Wales makes it with baking powder; Northerners prefer yeast as the raising agent. Either way it's delicious.
    3. 3
      Soak the dried fruit and sugar overnight in the tea.
    4. 4
      You can use either fresh tea, or the cold dregs from the teapot (this gives a good strong colour). Next day, sieve the flour and fold it it into the fruit. Mix in the lightly beaten egg.
    5. 5
      Line a small loaf-tin with buttered paper then tip in the mixture, smoothing it well into the corners.
    6. 6
      Bake in a gentle oven at 300 F (150 C) for 1-1/2 hours.
    7. 7
      Cool and store for at least 2 days in a tin so that it matures moist and rich.
    8. 8
      Traditionalists say you should never butter the Bara Brith, but it's lovely that way!

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    • on December 28, 2005


      Excellent with snipped dried apricots, plums and cherries (or cherry & orange flavoured dried cranberries). DO be careful how much dried plum is used ... lovely flavour, but thats prunes!

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    • on July 21, 2005


      I've been wanting to make bara brith for some time, but this is the first time I've gotten around to actually doing it. I just an organic black cherry tea that had steeped overnight and was nice and dark. For the fruits, I used raisins, prunes and apricots (I snipped the prunes/apricots into smaller bits to be approx the same size as the raisins). After my tea had steeped, some of the liquid (about a Tbs) had evaporated so I topped it off with a little cognac. Yum. Very dense and fruity bread. I acutally found it a tad dry. I think that it might benefit from the addition of some oil or even another egg. Or even slightly less flour, as I didn't feel this had the problem with being gummy that very low/no fat baked goods often have. Very tasty with tons of great flavor- the tea makes it taste very unique. Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Welsh Bara Brith

    Serving Size: 1 (7518 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 2427.1
    Calories from Fat 77
    Total Fat 8.5 g
    Saturated Fat 2.1 g
    Cholesterol 211.5 mg
    Sodium 3858.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 557.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 21.3 g
    Sugars 219.2 g
    Protein 38.6 g

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