Barabrith is a traditional Welsh tea loaf, it’s very simple to make and keeps well in an airtight container.

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900g loaf




Place the fruit in a large mixing bowl, pour over the tea, mix well, cover and set aside to soak for around 10 hours or overnight; most of the liquid should have been absorbed. Line a 900g loaf tin with parchment.

Preheat the oven to 170C/fan oven 150C/gas mark 3. Stir the fruit then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spoon into the tin and bake for around 1 hour 30 minutes until risen and golden. Insert a skewer in the middle and if it comes out clean it is cooked. Check after 1 hour 15 minutes and if necessary cover the top with foil to stop it browning too much.

Cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Fred's Tip

The loaf is delicious as it is but also good spread with butter.