Bara Bryth Recipe


There are few gestures that give me as much pleasure as making and unwrapping a Bara Bryth gift for my parents.

Bara Bryth the the traditional Welsh Speckled Bread is often made with yeast and served with a slap of butter

This is my version and yes it’s very similar to the Irish Barm Brack.

You can make it to your taste by using any type of tea or adding cherries … Go on break the rules!


3/4 pint Cold Tea

7 oz Soft Brown Sugar

12 oz mixed dried fruit

10 oz self-raising flour

1 egg


COOKING TIME: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

TEMPERATURE: 150 Degrees Fan Oven


Grease a 2 lb loaf tin

Place the sugar and dried fruit in a bowl, pour over the tea, cover and leave to soak overnight.

You can save the day’s tea and use that, or experiment by pouring boiling water on the fruit then dunk in 2 tea-bags, do what you like.

If tea-bags are being dunked, remove … then add the flour stirring gently.

Now incorporate the egg.

Spoon the smooth mixture into the tin and cook in a moderate oven.

Turn out onto a wire tray to cool.

I try to resist … but … give in.


Slap the butter on.

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