Here's a nice one to start off.
This is a recipe for 'Bara Brith' (English: 'speckled bread') which is a traditional type of bread, originally made in Wales (where I come from) and is perfect
to eat with a nice cup of tea.
450g (1lb) mixed dried fruit
300ml (1/2 pint (1 cup)
2 tbsp marmalade
1 egg, beaten
6 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
450g (1lb) self-raising flour
honey to glaze
- Soak the fruit overnight in the tea.
- Next day, mix the marmalade, egg, sugar, spice, fruit and flour. Spoon into a greased 900g (1lb) loaf tin and bake in a warm oven (gas 3, 325ºF, 170ºC) for one and three quarter hours or until the centre is cooked through. Check from time to time that the top doesn’t brown too much, and cover with a sheet of foil or move down a shelf in the oven if necessary.
- Once cooked, leave the Bara Brith to stand for 5 minutes, then tip out of the tin on to a cooling tray. Using a pastry brush, glaze the top with honey.
- Cut yourself a slice (the same as you would bread), butter one side and enjoy! Store it in an airtight tin.