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Welsh Tea Loaf

Rated as 4.28 out of 5 Stars

"This rich, dark and moist quick bread is delicious for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with coffee or tea."
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1 h 30 m servings 336
Original recipe yields 20 servings (2 - 9x5 inch loaves)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
  2. Combine water and raisins in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in molasses, vanilla and salt. Stir in flour and then beat in raisin mixture until well combined. Spoon batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 336 calories; 14.8 47.8 4 65 378 Full nutrition

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delicious, wonderful with hot tea/coffee

Most helpful critical review

this was good, but didn't go very fast in my house. Won't make it again.

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delicious, wonderful with hot tea/coffee

This was very tasty. I even accidentally overcooked one loaf, and it still came out moist and sweet. I used half chopped dates & half raisins because I didn't have enough raisins, and it was g...

As a welsh girl my self, this is a good recipe. My only criticism is that it is called bara brith not welsh tea loaf. But tasty all the same

I needed something vegan and wanted to use what I had on hand, so I messed with this so much it could hardly be called the same recipe. However since the result deserved like 6 stars, I figured...

I made this for the first time and it took it to an International Potluck dinner with my Trefoil Guild. The recipe is now going to be included in a cookbook being put together by one of the oth...

The subtle molasses taste is very nice, and I like the dark, rich color of the bread. I used golden raisins, which I definitely think is the way to go with the dark color of the bread itself. ...

I made this several times and it went very fast! I even made it for Christmas gifts. They were well received! Thanks for such a great recipe!

Good old "Bara Brith" any welsh lad brought up on this on the kitchen table will always go for this instead of chocolate or cookies. Cymru am byth!

I made this tea loaf for work and the comments were excellent! I followed the directions exactly and the 2 loaves came out so moist and just the right amount of sweetness for my taste. It's a ...