Bara brith is a currant loaf from Wales and the name is Welsh for ‘speckled bread’. Just like with an Irish Barmbrack or Tea loaf (the modern version of Bara brith), the raisins are soaked in tea overnight before being used.
The Bara brith is so important to the Welsh people that they took it to the Chubut Valley of Patagonia in Argentina, where Welsh pioneers arrived with their ships more than 150 years ago. Today there are still many tearooms in the area that serve Bara brith and although the main language is Spanish, the Welsh language still lives on there.
This recipe is based on one from a book from the 1940s,
Soak the currants and raisins in the hot tea overnight.
Rub the lard or butter into the flour, sugar, mixed spice and salt. Add the egg, currants, raisins and tea, followed by the yeast and candied peel. Knead for 5 minutes.
Cover the dough and set aside for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Prepare the loaf tin. Place the risen dough in the tin and set aside to rise again for 1 hour.
Serve the loaf with butter.
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