Bara brith ( speckled bread)

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
6 ounces Dried fruit
8 ounces Dark brown sugar
½ pint Strong hot tea
10 ounces Self-raising flour
1 \N Egg

This is Wales' traditional rich fruit bread. South Wales makes it with baking powder; Northerners prefer yeast as the raising agent.

Either way it's delicious.

Soak the dried fruit and sugar overnight in the tea. 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. Line a small loaf-tin with buttered paper then tip in the mixture, smoothing it well into the corners.

Bake in a gentle oven at 300 F (150 C) gas mark 2 for 1½ hours.

Cool and store for at least 2 days in a tin so that it matures moist and rich. Traditionalists say you should never butter the Bara Brith, but Dorothy says do, as it's lovely that way.

Source: Elisabeth Luard in "Country Living" (British), April 1989.

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