My fellow blogger and good friend Carol Cork gave me this recipe for a delicious fruit bread. She blogs at http://rakesandrascals.wordpress.com Carol resides in and blogs from Wales. This is Carol at a recent Historical Romance retreat.
This recipe turns out a truly scrumptious holiday treat but it will be on my table throughout the year. ENJOY!
Bara Brith (oven 350 degrees)
1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, Your choice, (I used dried pineapple & dried cranberries because that’s what I had on hand)
1 cup hot strong tea
2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp mixed spices (I used pumpkin pie spice)
1 ounce butter
8 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 egg slightly beaten
1. pour the hot tea over the dried fruit and let it sit overnight.
2. Grease a 2# loaf pan and line with parchment paper or wax paper.
3. Sift flour, spices together (I added 1/4 tsp salt) then cut in butter until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in sugar, then fruit mix and egg. (at this point I added 1/3 cup chopped pecans cause I like them). Stir well.
4. spread in loaf pan flattening the top. Bake I hour. Turn out on wire rack to cool.
Eat slices slathered with butter and enjoy.