St David’s Day Bara brith

Bara Brith
Bara Brith
Bara Brith

Happy St David’s day! Admittedly this is an old recipe but I didn’t have time to make Welsh cakes this year, so you’ll just have to make do with this rather delicious tea loaf. I’m off to play with llamas – don’t ask. 🦙


Bara brith
Makes one loaf / Hands on time 25 mins / Takes 1 hour 20 mins + cooling / V
You’ll need:
21cm x 12cm loaf tin
180g sultanas
300ml boiling water
2 black tea bags
2 tbs orange juice
1 tbs honey
2 medium eggs
140g soft brown sugar
125g unsalted butter
1 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ ground ginger
260g self raising flour
Pinch of salt


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 160°C/140°C fan/325°F/gas mark 3 and grease a loaf tin with butter. In a large saucepan, add the 
sultanas, tea bags and 300ml of boiling water. Give it a stir to allow the tea to infuse and bring to the boil. Reduce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
2. Meanwhile measure out the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and add 2 tbs of the tea liquid. Drain the sultanas, discard the rest of the liquid and add to the butter and sugar. Stir well until the butter has melted. Add the orange juice and the honey and mix well.
3. In a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork before adding to the mixture. Stir until combined before putting to one side. 
4. In a medium sized bowl, measure out the dry ingredients and mix together. Add to the wet mixture a bit at a time and stir until fully incorporated. Once combined, pour into the greased loaf tin.
5. Bake for 30 minutes before carefully and quickly, covering the cake loosely with tin foil in the oven by draping it over the cake and securing it by crunching the sides (do this quickly to avoid the temperature dropping in the oven and to prevent the cake from colouring too much – you want it to stay a nice golden colour). Bake for a further 25 minutes.
6. Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Leave to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving warm with salty butter.


TIP: To keep the cake moist, while it’s still warm wrap in clingfilm and store in a cool dry place. Consume within 3 days.




 

Bara Brith
Bara Brith

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V– Vegetarian
– Suitable for home freezing once cooled. Wrap in a few layers of clingfilm and consume within 3 months.


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Welsh rarebit

Welsh rarebit
Welsh rarebit
Welsh rarebit

Easy, cheap and bad for your cholesterol, this teatime treat is the kind of oozy comfort food that blocks your arteries with love (and fat) – just what the doctor may have ordered back in 1725.
Believed to have taken off in 18th century England, it may surprise you to learn that Welsh rarebit isn’t Welsh at all, but an English dig at poverty stricken Wales – nice. Rabbit was a poor man’s meat in England, whereas the poor man’s ‘meat’ in Wales was cheese, thus the name ‘Welsh rabbit’. Although somewhere along the way, the alternative spelling, ‘rarebit’, crept in for some reason, and no one really knows why. Anyhoo, that’s not to say that the Welsh didn’t eat Welsh rarebit – cheese, bread and beer were food staples of the time. Sounds worryingly like my current diet. Oh well, scurvy here I come…


Welsh rarebit
Serves 1 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 15 mins / V
75g vegetarian mature cheddar, grated
1 egg yolk
1 tbs beer or stout (or milk if you don’t have any)
½ tsp English mustard
1 tsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce*
2 thick slices of bread


Method
1. Grate the cheese and place in a bowl along with the egg yolk, stout, English mustard and vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and put to one side.
2. Put a grill on a high heat and toast the bread in a toaster before spooning and squashing the cheese mixture onto each slice liberally. Place the slices on a baking tray and under the hot grill for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has started to bubble and brown. Serve immediately.

Welsh rarebit
Welsh rarebit

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V– Vegetarian
*Most brands of Worcestershire sauce regretably not vegetarian as they contain fish so always check the label. I used a vegan brand in this recipe called Biona.