Baking at Rivercatcher - Homemade Bara Brith.
I have taken a break from exploring the village and decided to perfect my Bara Brith baking skills. For those of you who don’t know what Bara Brith is (you have been missing out) then I will tell you. Bara Brith is a Welsh tea fruit loaf, literally translated as “speckled bread” in Welsh. It can either be made with yeast to be more like fruit bread or with flour to be more like a cake. I prefer the cake version so I have been practicing my skills and have done myself proud. This will become a staple product in our welcome baskets at Rivercatcher but in the meantime here’s how to make it yourself at home. It’s easy…I promise!!
375g mixed dried fruit
250g light muscavado sugar/ soft brown sugar
300ml strong hot tea strained
300g self-raising four
1 egg beaten
Butter for greasing
2lb/1 kg loaf tin
What to do
Pour 300ml of boiling water into a measuring jug and throw in 4 tea bags and leave to brew for a few minutes then remove the tea bags. In a bowl measure out the dried fruit and brown sugar and then pour over the hot tea. Give it a good stir and then cover and leave overnight for the fruit to swell and soak up all the tea.
When the fruit is plumped up and all the tea has been adsorbed, preheat the oven to 150c (Gas mark 2). Crack in the egg and mix in the flour and give it a good old mix up, until fully combined.
Line or grease a 2lb (1ltr) loaf tin and then spoon in the mixture. Bake in the oven for 1 ¼ - 1 ½ hrs or until cooked through. To check it’s done, give it a poke with a cocktail stick or sharp knife – if it’s clean then it’s done. If not then pop it back in the oven for a few more minutes.
Once cooked transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Serve in slices with some lovely welsh butter and a cup of tea.
Hope you enjoy a spot of baking and come back next time for more adventures around the village!
Progress report on Rivercatcher
With lots of good weather in North Wales the building work is going full steam ahead. It’s a bit like the krypton factor making your way round as there are trenches everywhere for all the pipes and cables. The under floor heating is being laid in our 4 bed cottage so it really is starting to take shape.
I’ve been planning kitchens for each cottage. Layouts are complete but still need to pick the final style, not to mentions handles and worktop!! Ideas are on pintrest if you fancy taking a look. http://pinterest.com/rivercatcher1/kitchen-ideas/
See you next time.