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The Nest Recipe: Bara Brith

Delicious and really easy to make! 


  • 350g mixed dried fruit (I use a combination of golden raisins, apricots, sultanas, currants, dried cranberries)
  • 350ml tea (I use 4 teabags in a small pot of tea and always add the teabags to the dried fruit to soak overnight )
  • 100g butter 
  • 100g soft light brown sugar 
  • 50 ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon of black treacle
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed spice and a little grated nutmeg
  • 2 eggs well beaten


  1. Soak the fruit in the tea (with the bags) overnight.
  2. The next day, pre-heat the oven to gas mark4/350F/180ºC and grease and line a 2lb (900g) loaf tin (I use a paper liner).
  3. Remove the tea bags and add the margarine, sugar, milk and treacle to the fruit and bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
  4. Add the flour, mixed spice, and beaten eggs and beat well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Turn into the prepared tin and bake just below the middle of the oven for one and a quarter hours until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely

It works well to make two at a time and freeze one. It’s perfect sliced and spread with butter or cream cheese or served with a thick piece of mature cheddar cheese.

Recipe kindly provided by Neil from The Nest in Ledbury: