This recipe is considerably simpler and less time consuming than our Education Correspondent’s favorite. Not at all bad either.
- 6 oz mixed dried fruit
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 10 oz strong hot tea
- 10 oz self-raising flour
- 1 lightly beaten egg
- Pour the hot tea over the dried fruit and sugar: Let it steep overnight so the sugar dissolves and the fruit absorbs the sugary tea.
Preheat the oven to 300°.
- Sift the flour and fold it into the fruit.
- Mix in the egg.
- Line a small bread pan with buttered parchment or silicone paper and dump in the batter, smoothing it well into the corners.
- Bake the cake for 1 1/2 hours.
- Cool the cake on a rack, cover it tightly and let it mature for at least 2 days.
- Back in the day, as they say, frugal households used dregs from the teapot to make this version of Bara Brith. Not recommended, unless parsimony per se gives you a thrill: The tea will be harsh.