Welsh Tea Cake, let's start with the Mixed Spice.

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Here recently I have taken a shine to British food. Especially Welsh Tea Cake, known as Bara Brith. It is easy to make, and quite delicious. For the last couple of years, I have come to enjoy my afternoon cup of tea, sweetened with a bit of honey and lightened up with a splash of cream. For those days that lunch is but just a memory, a slice of cake spread with a bit of butter is perfect to enjoy along with my tea.

It does take a bit of advanced planning, however. A pound of dried fruit is mixed with strong black tea and held overnight, All that fruit soaks up most of the tea, but what remains is stirred right into a batter with self-rising flour, a touch of spice, and a big spoonful of marmalade. Simple to make and perfect to keep around for tea time. Like many other cakes with dried fruit, this cake is what my Mother used to call "a good keeper". It stays fresh and delicious for a long time.

Mix up a delicious spice blend for baking British desserts!

The first time I made Welsh Tea Cake I used equal portions of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for the traditional Mixed Spice used in the U.K. And to be honest my first Welsh Tea Cake was delicious, even with my Americanized substitution. Fortunately, I found a recipe for traditional Mixed Spice and planned to stir some together for the next loaf. But there was a problem, I could not locate my spice grinder to turn my Coriander seeds into ground Coriander, one of the ingredients listed for the spice mix...By the way, this spice blend is also known as Cake Spice and Pudding Spice.

It took a few days for a replacement grinder to show up at the door, but as soon as it did, we started grinding! This mix is bright and fruity with Coriander and Allspice. As I sit here, I can smell the latest loaf of Welsh Tea Cake cooling on the counter, and it smells so good. It smells rich and a bit more complex than the cake before. My only regret was that it was too hot to cut for tea time, this afternoon! So let's start with the spice mix, shall we...and from there you too can bake up a Welsh Tea Cake to enjoy!

Mixed Spice, homemade spice blend.
Mixed Spice, AKA Cake Spice or Pudding Spice.

Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking
adapted from the Spruce Eats

1 T ground Cinnamon
1 T ground Nutmeg
1 T ground Allspice
2 t ground Mace
1/2 - 1 t ground Cloves 
1 t ground Coriander
1 t ground Ginger

Mixed Spice, Cake Spice or Pudding Spice, for Baking delicious desserts!

Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar, stir well to combine. Cap tightly and store in a cool dark area. Shake gently before measuring for use in recipes.

Now you are ready to bake!


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