Delicious American-style bara-brith recipe

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Delicious American-style bara-brith recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on February 23, 2024

Enjoy a unique twist on the traditional Welsh bara-brith with this American-inspired version. Made with a blend of dried fruits, spices, and a hint of bourbon, this moist and flavorful bread is perfect for breakfast or as a snack with a cup of tea.


  • 1 cup mixed dried fruits (such as raisins, currants, and chopped apricots)
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup hot black tea
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg


  1. In a bowl, combine the mixed dried fruits, bourbon, and hot black tea. Let it sit for 1 hour to plump up the fruits.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a loaf pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, mix the brown sugar, melted butter, and egg until well combined.
  5. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Gently fold in the soaked dried fruits and any remaining liquid.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the bara-brith cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Interesting Facts

  • Bara-brith translates to 'speckled bread' in Welsh, referring to the dried fruits in the bread.
  • Bara-brith is often enjoyed sliced and spread with butter in Wales.
  • The addition of bourbon in this recipe adds a unique depth of flavor to the traditional bara-brith.