Happy St Davids Day!
So the first of March is the day the Welsh celebrate their saint St David. I unfortunately am not a true welsh woman but I love everything about Wales-the nature, people and of course the food! My middle name is ‘Myfanwy’ the welsh translation is ‘my good, sweet woman’ or ‘fairy of the water’ so I reckon that is close enough to enjoy the culinary delights of Wales! : )
Today I have been making Bara Brith a great welsh sweet treat! It means ‘speckled bread’ in Welsh thought to be named after its raisins and currants in it causing the appearance of said speckles! I love this bake as its a good alternative to fruit cake (can’t stand marzipan!), good for picnics and a solid, filling treat! Although there is much debate as to whether it is a cake or a bread or tea loaf-my recipe is more of a cake as it does not contain yeast.
Its great served with a good ole slab of melting butter on top for a teatime filler : )
Bara Brith Recipe:
-3 large tablespoons of marmalade
-500g self raising flour (or 500g plain flour and put in roughly 2 teaspoons of baking powder)
-2 tablespoons cinnamon (can use ginger as well if wanted|)
-500g mixed dried fruit, I used cranberries, currants and raisins.
-200g granulated sugar
-1 mug of black tea (I used breakfast tea)
-6 tablespoons of milk
1. Put the dried fruit in a small bowl/pan with the hot black tea, cover with cling film or plastic bag and leave over night. Strain fruit when ready to use for recipe.
2. Preheat Oven to 180’c and get a loaf tin or other similar baking tray prepared with baking paper in it.
3. Heat and stir marmalade and butter together over the stove. Once mixed take off heat and beat in the 2 eggs to this mixture. Leave to one side.
4. mix cinnamon, flour, milk, sugar and fruit altogether. Then add the marmalade/egg mixture to this. Add more milk if needed whilst stirring the mixture. It should then get to a sticky, stodgy texture. Whack it out into the baking tin, shape it then pop in oven.
5. Bake for approx 1 hour (check with knife pierced into middle to ensure it is done) then take out of oven. Slice and eat warm with a tad of butter : )