01 March 2009

Happy St. David's Day!

It wouldn't be a proper St. David's Day without my annual recipe for another tasty Welsh treat. Past recipes are here and here. Now, for this year, try some wonderful Bara Brith (Welsh fruitcake):

1lb (450g) mixed dried fruit, such as raisins and currants
1 pint (300ml) tea
2 tbsp marmalade
1 egg, beaten
6 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
1lb (450g) self raising flour
honey to glaze

1. Soak the fruit overnight in the tea.

2. Next day, mix in the marmalade, egg, sugar, spice and flour. Spoon mixture into a greased 2lb (900g) loaf tin and bake in a warm oven 325°F, 170°C for 1 hour or until the center is cooked through. Check from time to time to see that the top does not brown too much, and cover with a sheet of foil or move down a shelf in the oven if necessary.

3. Once cooked, leave the Bara Brith to stand for 5 minutes then turn out of the tin on to a cooling tray. Using a pastry brush, glaze the top with honey.

4. Served sliced with salted butter and some tasty farmhouse cheddar.