Bara Brith Championships

October 14th, 2018

Who doesn’t like a slice of rich and fruity Bara Brith with their afternoon cup of tea? It’s the delicious and traditional Welsh fruit cake that has fans all over the world.

And if you’re a Bara Brith fan and have your own secret recipe, here’s your chance to showcase it to the world and win the coveted prize of Best Bara Brith Baker! The Bara Brith Championships is being held this year in Llandudno, as part of the Christmas Fayre. Organised by Jones Crisps, it is expected to receive entries from all over the world. And there will also be a Junior category for any budding star bakers out there.

But just what exactly is a Bara Brith? If you don’t know, it’s a yeast bread either enriched with dried fruit or made with self-raising flour (no yeast), and traditionally flavoured with tea, dried fruits and mixed spices.

Its unusal name comes from the Welsh language with “bara” meaning bread and “brith” roughly translating into English as speckled.

It is claimed to have been invented by a Welsh chef who added dried fruit and spices to a bread dough, creating the first version of the traditional Welsh tea loaf.

During the Bara Brith Championships, judges will be looking for taste, texture, consitency and of course an appealing look. So, do you have what it takes to bake the ultimate Bara Brith? Do you have an age-old family recipe packed with secret ingredients that you know will be a winner? Those wishing to compete need to register their interest to secure entry by e-mailing or calling 01758 701380 by midnight Saturday November 10.

All entries need to arrive at the Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno between 5pm and 7pm on November 15, whilst postal entries must be delivered at Jones Crisps head office in Conwy’s Riverside Business Park between November 13th and 15th.

Good luck! And don’t forget – if you need taste testers for any practice runs be sure to give us a shout 🙂