Bara Brith recipe from Kate Humbles Escape to the Farm
21 Apr

Make the delicious Bara Brith (or spotted bread) loaf from Escape to the Farm. Delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

Makes 1 loaf  – Suitable for freezing


  • 450g mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants)
  • 1tbps mixed peel (if not already included in your mixed dried fruit)
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 450ml strong black tea
  • 450g self raising flour
  • 1tsp fine sea salt
  • 1tsp ground all spice
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • 1 large egg, beaten to serve
  • butter


  1. Soak the dried fruit, sugar and mixed peel in the tea, leaving to soak for at least five hours, or ideally overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160C, and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  3. Stir the flour, salt and spices into the fruit mixture, making sure to mix really well so you have no pockets of flour. Add the beaten egg and mix. You may find you need to mix with your hands towards the end, to ensure all the ingredients are completely combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the lined tin Bake for 50 – 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. If it is browning too much on top whilst cooking then cover the top with foil until the loaf is cooked through.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  7. Once cool, serve sliced with butter

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