A Bara Brith for St. David's Day!

A traditional Welsh treat for an important Welsh day!

Robert Percy posted in Baking
7w ago

It's St. David's day today (at the time of writing) and, as a resident of Wales for many years now, I've been happy to indulge a little bit in some Welsh traditions! St. David's day is a really significant day around here and to celebrate that day we decided to make a traditional Welsh cake called a Bara Brith. You may have heard Welsh celebrities such as Michael Sheen talking about this piece of traditional Welsh cuisine in the past, or you might even have Welsh friends or family who've talked about it or given you a slice to try before. If you've ever wanted to make your own, this is how we did it today!

Bara Brith

A traditional Welsh cake for St. David's Day!

Prep time1d
Cook time1h
Total time1d 1h


  • 450g/1lb drive fruit (e.g. raisins, sultanas, currants)
  • 250g/9oz dark brown sugar
  • 300ml/half a pint of warm tea
  • 450g/1lb self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed spice
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • Enough milk to mix


  1. Soak the fruit and sugar in the tea overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C/325 degrees F/Gas Mark 3.
  3. Line a 2lb loaf tin.
  4. Mix the other ingredients into the soaked fruit and add enough milk to mix.
  5. Put the mix in the loaf tin and bake for 1 and a half hours until the cake tester comes out clean.

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