Bara Brith Biscuits

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Bara Brith biscuits – A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and Twinings tea-infused raisins.

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Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

I love tea. I think if there were one drink in the world I’d struggle to give up it’s tea as it is just so comforting. I was therefore very excited when I was invited by one of my absolute favourite tea companies, Twinings, to create two recipes using their premium teas. My first creation is these Bara Brith Biscuits, made using Twinings English Strong Breakfast Tea and the second (coming next week) will feature their delicious Spicy Chai Tea. I’m not going to tell you what it is yet, you’ll just have to make sure you check back next week to find out 🙂

If you’re a huge tea fan (like me) then the great news is that not only can you give my recipe a try, but I’ve also got a giveaway a bit further down the page for you to win a bundle of Twinings tea, including the English Strong Breakfast Tea used in these biscuits.

Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

As soon as I started thinking about baking with tea my mind immediately jumped to Bara Brith, with it’s spices and tea-soaked fruit. I realised that I’ve now been living in Wales for over 3 years and not yet shared a Welsh inspired recipe on here so I thought it was about time. As it turned out, the longer I worked on the recipe the more un-Welsh inspired it became, with the use of English Tea and a Scottish shortbread biscuit. Never mind though, because they taste really good and surely that’s the most important thing. I’ll just have to make some Welsh cakes to share here soon instead 🙂

As with Bara Brith, the raisins in this recipe are soaked in tea giving them a lovely subtle tea flavour. As the flavour is quite subtle it needs a high quality, strong tea to work, so this Twinings English Strong Breakfast tea is perfect. A weaker blend would simply get lost in amongst the orange zest and spices. As well as adding flavour, soaking the raisins in tea also helps stop them burning while the biscuits cook so they stay soft and juicy rather than going hard and a little bitter in the oven.

Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

I’ve always been a fan of Twinings teas as they’re such great quality and have such a lovely range of flavours, but until recently I had absolutely no idea of the time and effort that goes into each blend. They have 9 Master Blenders who travel the world buying, blending and checking the quality of all the tea, drinking around 600 cups every day. Now I drink a lot of tea but even to me that sounds like a lot! The Master Blenders train for 7 years (longer than it takes to become a doctor!), spending at least 3 months in a tea growing region and are the only people to know the recipes of the Twinings tea. No wonder their tea tastes so good…

Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

Giveaway – Win a Twinings Tea bundle

To get you started with making your own Bara Brith biscuits, I’m offering one reader the chance to win a Twinings Tea bundle including The English Strong Breakfast Tea used in the recipe, along with a box of Earl Grey and a Box of Spicy Chai.

Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

For your chance to win all you have to do is head over to the Twinings website, have browse of their range and then come back here and leave a comment telling me either your favourite flavour, or if you haven’t tried many which one you’d most like to try. Once you’ve commented, log in to the Rafflecopter widget below using your email address or Facebook (email addresses will only be used to contact the winner) and click on the box to say “I commented”. It’s really important that you do the Rafflecopter bit otherwise your entry won’t count.

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Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

Bara Brith Biscuits

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Makes 20 large (7cm) biscuits or 30 small (4.5cm) biscuits

Ingredients

  • 100g softened butter
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g raisins
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 3 Twinings English Strong Breakfast Teabags
  • Zest of ½ orange
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • Small pinch of salt
  • A little milk and light brown sugar to glaze the biscuits

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan.
  2. Put 200ml of boiling water into a jug or bowl and add the Twinings teabags. Brew for a few minutes, remove the teabags and add the raisins (50g). Leave the raisins to absorb the tea while you prepare the biscuits.
  3. Cream together the butter (100g) and light brown sugar (50g) until light and fluffy.
  4. Sift in the plain flour (150g), mixed spice (2 tsp) and salt (a really small pinch), and add the orange zest (½ orange). Mix together until combined – You don’t want to work the mixture too hard, if you have an electric mixer then use a low to medium setting for about 1 minute. If you are using your hands then squeeze the mixture together before kneading lightly until you have a soft dough.
  5. Drain the raisins and add them to the dough. Use your hands to knead them into the dough until evenly distributed.
  6. Roll out the dough to about the depth of a £1 coin and use a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place them onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper or a non-stick baking sheet.
  7. Brush each biscuit with a little milk and then sprinkle over a little light brown sugar.
  8. Cook the biscuits for 15-18 minutes until golden and crisp.
  9. Once cooked remove them from the oven, let them cool on a tray for a few minutes before placing them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Enjoy with a cup of tea 🙂


Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 82 kcal (4%), Fat: 4.2g (6%), Saturated Fat: 2.6g (13%), Carbohydrates: 9.9g (4%), Sugar: 4.6g (5%), Fibre: 0.3g (1%), Protein: 0.8g (2%), Salt: 0.0g (1%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per biscuit. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Corn-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and tea-infused raisins.


I’m sharing this recipe with the following blog challenge… #CookBlogShare with Easy Peasy Foodie.

298 Comments:

  1. I’d love to try apple and pear!

  2. breakfast tea

  3. All looks so yummy

  4. Oooh, these biscuits look like just my kind of thing. I am a huge fan of twinings teas and that looks a fab bundle. I didn’t know they did a chai one though – I learnt to make chai on my food writing weekend – lots of fun! I’m looking forward to seeing what you make with the chai tea! Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

  5. Twinings Moroccan mint would be my choice – sounds tasty

  6. I loved chai tea so I’d love to try the spiced chai!

  7. I’d love to try their Earl Grey tea, never had it, but sounds lovely x 🙂

  8. Great recipe think it will rapidly become a favourite

  9. Intensely tropical sounds awesome!

  10. I would like to try the English Afternoon Tea.

  11. I would like to try the Strong English Breakfast Tea I do love my tea strong 🙂

  12. the english afternoon tea

  13. Love the English Breakfast Tea

  14. my favourite is english breakfast tea but i would love to try english afternoon

  15. I absolutely adore the Velvety Vanilla Flavour Chai Latte!

  16. I guess I’m not the only person who is utterly devoted to TEA!! ☕️

  17. The Raspberry and Dragon Fruit sounds lovely, make a nice change from my usual peppermint.

  18. I love Twinnings Earl Grey Tea

  19. english breakfast all the way!

  20. You just can’t beat a cup of Earl Grey tea but I also love Chai made with lots of milk and sugar……YUM 🙂 x

  21. CHRISTINE SUTHERLAND

    Steamed Green Tea so pure

  22. I like Earl Grey

  23. earl grey tea

  24. I love english breakfast tea x

  25. i;d like to try Intensely tropical

  26. Would like to try the Moroccan Mint – sounds refreshing

  27. Michelle Ferguson

    The spiced chai sounds lovely

  28. I think Orchard Lemon and Ginger sounds lovely and refreshing! 🙂

  29. We love Twinnings teas, and I’ve become a huge fan of Earl Grey!

  30. I’d like to try Steamed Green Tea Smooth Lemon.

  31. Englsh breakfast is my favourite

  32. I’d like to try English breakfast.

  33. My favourite tea is Twinings Everyday Tea, but I also love their Spicy Chai. I quite fancy trying the China Rose flavoured black tea.

  34. Chelsey Hollings

    Would love to try the cherry bakewell green tea

  35. i like the English Breakfast and Assam teas and would like to try the english afternoon tea

  36. Oooh I’d love to try the Raspberry and dragonfruit!

  37. Earl Grey for me

  38. I would love to try intensely raspberry and dragon fruit.

  39. Lemon and ginger tea I my absoloute favourite, I think it’s it’s comforting, will have to try making those biscuits too x

  40. Philip Underwood

    Any of the fruity teas!

  41. I love earl grey

  42. english breakfast is my tipple

  43. I love a cup of the strong & malty Assam

  44. Earl Grey every time!

  45. I love their Earl Grey Tea

  46. I’d love to try the INTENSELY RASPBERRY & DRAGON FRUIT mix.

  47. I like the everyday decaffeinated

  48. I’d like to try the English Afternoon tea.

  49. I absolutely love their Salted Caramel Green Tea. It tastes amazing

  50. English Strong Breakfast

  51. Earl Grey

  52. I love Twinings Red Berry herbal tea 🙂

  53. I love English Breakfast tea to drink but as you say the stronger and flavoured teas can be used effectively in recipes.

  54. Would like to try their simply pure green tea

  55. Breakfast tea is my favourite

  56. I would love to try the Perfect Afternoon tea blend! I love assam tea and this blend sounds so good! https://www.twinings.co.uk/gifts/signature-blends/signature-blends-perfect-afternoon

  57. I would love to try the Steamed Green Tea

  58. Trio of Lemons – 20 Tea Bags sounds lovely

  59. Has to be the classic English Breakfast!

  60. My favourite is English Breakfast

  61. Deborah Mackenzie

    My husband loves their Afternoon Tea; he says that once you try Twinings you never drink anything else!

  62. I would love to try spiced Chai

  63. english breakfast thankyou

  64. Traditional English breakfast tea for me.

  65. I’d like to try the ginger tea selection

  66. Green tea with lemon

  67. Sharon Lou Johnson

    has to be Twinnings Earl grey love it xx

  68. mango and strawberry xx

  69. I would love to try the Mango and strawberry. Have lots of different berry flavours in the cupboard but not tried this one. Definitley one for the shopping list 🙂

  70. I love English Breakfast Tea 🙂

  71. love Twinnings Eral Grey.x

  72. chi tea

  73. I absolutely love the English Breakfast tea 🙂

  74. I like their English Breakfast the most, but would love to try the others

  75. i do love their english tea but would like to try something different

  76. English breakfast is my favourite Twinings tea ☕️

  77. English Breakfast

  78. My favourite Twinings tea is the Comforting Liquorice tea!

  79. we love the Green tea.

  80. I would like to try Green Tea as I am embarrassed to admit I have heard all about it, but never tried it

  81. I love breakfast tea although I now have to have it with dairy free milk which I’m not too happy about.

  82. Definitely English Breakfast. Those Bara Brith biscuits look amazing Charlotte. I’ve tried the Bara Brith bread which hubby and I absolutely love so I can imagine that the biscuit version are amazing too.
    Angela x

  83. I love English breakfast tea

  84. english afternoon tea!

  85. I’d love to try the chai one! Sounds delicious!

  86. Victoria Thurgood

    ENGLISH BREAKFAST

  87. I have had a few of their teas – depends on the time of day and what I fancy at the time. Not had the Afternoon Tea one though so would love to try that. Great looking biscuits. Will definitely give these a go.

  88. mango and strawberry

  89. Strong English Breakfast Tea

  90. I love the Assam tea. Its the best way to start my day!

  91. I adore the twinings fruits teas! But i’d love to try their English Breakfast tea

  92. Jennifer Wlodyka

    Peppermint is my favourite

  93. Would love to try the chai teas! Mmmm sound delicious.

  94. Natalie Thomason

    Earl grey

  95. Twinings has delicious fruit teas but my overall favourite is still ENGLISH STRONG BREAKFAST. Thanks for the recipe.

  96. I already love the English breakfast and the afternoon tea

  97. I would like to try velvet jasmine steamed green tea

  98. peppermint x

  99. Would love to try Golden Gingerbread Chai latte

  100. Earl Grey!

  101. I love the earl grey

  102. English breakfast tea 🙂 xx

  103. I would love to try the LAdy Grey

  104. I love their strong English Breakfast tea

  105. I’m looking forward to trying the Assam tea, sounds nice and full-flavoured

  106. I wasn’t aware of the Spicy Chai tea! Will definitely be trying that!

  107. I love Earl Grey!

  108. English Breakfast and I am ready to start my day. 😀

  109. Regular Earl Grey drinker. I like the sound of China Rose

  110. These biscuits look amazing! Would definitely like to give them a try 🙂
    As for teas.. I’d really like to try the vanilla chai latte – I am a fan of normal chai tea, but I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I think that would work quite well for me!

  111. id love to try INTENSELY RASPBERRY & DRAGON FRUIT sounds delicious !

  112. I love earl Grey, not long discovered it xx

  113. Mango and Strawberry sounds amazing!

  114. Such a perfect recipe for me, I love the extra strong twinings, my absolute favourite!

  115. I’ve drunk Lapsang Souchong since my student days, and that wasn’t yesterday, or the day before that! Have tried some of Twinings other teas, but always come back to my favourite LST. 🙂

  116. Love the English breakfast tea

  117. Would like to try the Golden gingerbread chai latte, sounds unusual

  118. Earl Grey – always!

  119. I already love English Breakfast, but I am intrigued now by Strong English Breakfast.

  120. charlotte Burford

    Would lie to try the Mango & Strawberry one as I love anything with mango!

  121. breakfast tea

  122. Salted caramel green tea sounds beautiful

  123. a welsh brew would be good with bara brith,but English breakfast is hard to beat

  124. I would like to taste the steamed green tea

  125. I like English breakfast tea so would like to try their strong English tea.

  126. Strong English Breakfast Tea

  127. At the moment my favourite is liquorice tea.

  128. my fave is English Breakfast but would love to try the rest

  129. i would love to try the mango and strawberry. sounds delicious

  130. I’m a big fan of the breakfast tea and I love the idea of using it in baking!

  131. Earl Grey

  132. would love to try the english breakfast

  133. my fave is the Assam teas

  134. Would love to try intensely beetroot burst

  135. I love the chai tea, yummy

  136. My favourite tea is twinning English breakfast tea

  137. Sally Collingwood

    I love Twinnings English Breakfast tea the most

  138. The English Strong Breakfast Tea

  139. I would like to try the Lady Grey with zesty orange

  140. Intensely Raspberry and dragon fruit sounds lovely, must try that.

  141. Lemon and ginger

  142. my favourite is the everyday tea. Would like to try English afternoon tea!

  143. I would love to try the intensely buttermint tea!! Sounds good.

  144. I really like the sound of the intensely fiery ginger and rhubarb, I think that would be right up my street.

  145. I love the ginger tea

  146. The English Breakfast Tea is my favourite

  147. My fave tea is either green tea with coconut or peppermint tea

  148. My favourite is Peppermint Tea, very good for stomach cramps/pains.

  149. would like to try loose leaf pyramids

  150. I’d love to try the Bollywood Chai Latte

  151. I’d like to try the Fruits Teas in the Selection pack

  152. emilia nastaly-howard

    apple and pear must be yummy 🙂

  153. Margaret Clarkson

    My favourite is Earl Grey

  154. Would love to try the Bollywood Chai Latte x

  155. English Strong Breakfast

  156. love ginger tea

  157. fruit teas sounds refreshing

  158. Charmian Filewood

    I love their Green teas but I also like to have Earl Grey or English Breakfast for dunking yummy biscuits in!

  159. I love English Breakfast tea

  160. I’d love to try the Mango & Strawberry!

  161. I would like to try Intensely Tropical. Would love win!

  162. I love English Breakfast tea, but I wouldn’t mind trying the chai ones.

  163. English Breakfast.

  164. michelle o'neill

    i drink vanilla tea all of the time, but id like to try ENGLISH BREAKFAST

  165. I would like to try the english strong breakfast tea because you can beat a good strong brew

  166. My favourite twinings tea is mango and strawberry 🙂 x

  167. I would try the chai tea as it is always great.

  168. I love a good, strong cuppa so Assam tea is my favourite. At the moment though I’m pregnant so I’m also drinking a lot of fruit teas.

  169. Twinnings earl grey is so nice

  170. Breakfast Tea

  171. I love Twinings Earl Grey.

  172. Peppermint is my favourite!

  173. Breakfast Tea is my favourite

  174. i am a breakfast tea fan!

  175. Ann Skamarauskas

    English Afternoon Tea for me

  176. Green tea

  177. I just love a cup of Earl Grey!

  178. I’ve recently discovered the superfruity pyramids ! Would love to try some of the others.

  179. Steamed green tea? Well, I never! I want to try their selection box.

  180. I have always loved Twinings English Breakfast, these days though I have the decaff version!

  181. I don’t drink tea myself but my oldest son loves tea and Darjeeling is his favourite

  182. Moroccan mint

  183. English Breakfast Tea is my favourite

  184. English breakfast tea

  185. breakfast tea

  186. Raspberry and Dragon Fruit sounds unusual and interesting. Also Spicy Chai sounds good too.

  187. English Strong Breakfast

  188. My favourite is the Everyday Tea.

  189. earl gray for me ^^

  190. Twinings Moroccan mint

  191. I love trying new flavors of tea and think spicy chai would be amazing.

  192. I like green tea with smooth lemon

  193. earl grey

  194. Breakfast Tea

  195. English Breakfast, but Mango and Strawberry is gorgeous.

  196. I like the sound of the “golden gingerbread chai latte”.

  197. I love Earl Grey, but am intrigued to try Chai as I’ve heard a lot about it, but never given it a go.

  198. I love English Breakfast Tea 🙂

  199. Michael Knappett

    Lemon & Ginger for me

  200. Brian Patrick McNulty

    I love Earl Grey. It’s my favourite. I do want to try the Christmas tea. It sounds delicious.

  201. English Strong Breakfast is my favourite from Twinings.

  202. mango and strawberry tea sounds absolutely lovely

  203. The Golden Gingerbread Chai Latte looks delicious and warming

  204. I love classic English Breakfast tea

  205. I love English Breakfast tea, but if I’m having a herbal I love their Lemon & Ginger

  206. My favourite tea is Camomile, I drink 3-4 cups a day.

  207. Without a doubt my favourite is their English Breakfast. It literally doesn’t compare to any others! The Christmas tea sounds quite festive so I’d like to try that!

  208. would like to try fruit

  209. I’m obsessed with gingerbread green tea

  210. ENGLISH STRONG BREAKFAST – 80 TEA BAGS

  211. I am a big breakfast tea fan,however I have just started enjoying Chai Tea Lattes, loving the spicy ones.

  212. I’d most like to try the Ginger tea 🙂 I’ve tried a ginger and lemon tea and was disappointed as it wasn’t nearly gingery enough, so this sounds great!

  213. Green tea

  214. Blackcurrant and rhubarb – very refreshing

  215. I would like to try the Christmas Tea

  216. I love English Breakfast and would love to try the Strong version!

  217. Charlotte Hoskins

    I love their peppermint tea, so refreshing

  218. I would really like to try the raspberry and dragonfruit but I tend to like most of the fruit teas.

  219. I’d like to try Intensely Fiery Ginger & Rhubarb

  220. English Breakfast tea, always and forever <3

  221. I would love to try double mint. Peppermint tea is my favourite

  222. I’d love to try the China Rose

  223. My favourite is Turkish apple tea. Full of flavour.

  224. I’d like to try the raspberry and dragonfruit!

  225. I love the English Breakfast team the best.

  226. Earl Grey is the winner with me.

  227. Has to be English Breakfast tea for me, x

  228. Raspberry sounds incredible!

  229. Bollywood Chai Latte sound fun!

  230. I like Earl Grey

  231. Strong English Breakfast

  232. Twinings English breakfast tea is the family favourite !

  233. Earl Grey 🙂

  234. I would love to try firery ginger and rhubarb as it sounds like it would have a good kick to it. They all sound tasty though. I cant function in a morning without a cup of tea 🙂

  235. I love the English Breakfast tea – it’s the perfect way to start the day!

  236. Apple and pear sounds lovely and warming

  237. spicy chai is so delish, especially around this time of the year 🙂

  238. Green tea for me

  239. I love the breakfast tea – two cups in a morning and i’m ready for the day!!

  240. I would love to try lemon and ginger as I think its perfect for this time of year and I am a beauty therapist who likes to give her clients fruit teas during their treatment and I think they would love lemon and ginger!

  241. Would like to try some of the Flavoured Black Teas

  242. Chai tea or English breakfast.

  243. The Lemon and Ginger tea is lovely, I used this when pregnant to help with morning sickness but only one a day 🙂

  244. Got to go with the classic a Breakfast Tea

  245. Assam

  246. one of my favourite teas is green tea with jasmine. yummy

  247. I ‘d love to try the Christmas tea it sounds very different

  248. The Blueberry & Apple sounds just lovely, or just a plain english tea alternative 🙂

  249. English Strong Breakfast for me.

  250. English breakfast looks great

  251. I love the English Breakfast tea

  252. I would love to try the Chai tea and the Christmas tea. Thank you for the chance xx

  253. I love a cup of English Breakfast

  254. Judith Lightfoot

    I would love to try Lady Grey tea sounds delicious

  255. English Breakfast for me

  256. The English Breakfast Tea

  257. Miss Tracy Hanson

    Really fancy trying the Fruit Selection.

  258. I love Earl grey!!!

  259. I’d love to try the Rosehip and Apple.

  260. natalee gosiewski

    CLASSICS SELECTION – 20 ENVELOPES

  261. Michelle Louise Weston

    I would love to try the Blueberry and Apple!

  262. I love their Fennel Tea, I started drinking it when I lived abroad. It’s both refreshing and excellent for digestion

  263. Earl Grey tea

  264. ooooh English Breakfast Tea

  265. I love peppermint tea but would love to try others

  266. English Breakfast – but I drink it at any time of day.

  267. I would love to try the Twinings China Rose tea. I always drink Twinings, and Ceylon is my favourite at the moment.

  268. Breakfast tea

  269. My favorite is English breakfast but would love to try mango and strawberry

  270. I’d love to try their Earl Grey tea

  271. I love trying different teas. So would like the opportunity to try this bundle.

  272. English Breakfast is delicious

  273. Mine is green tea, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  274. Twingings English Breakfast. only i drink it all day everyday

  275. Joanna Kasznicki

    Love Earl grey and would love to try Lady grey

  276. Would love to try ROOIBOS FLAVOURED WITH ORANGE AND CINNAMON 🙂

  277. the English strong breakfast is my favorite

  278. the strong English breakfast tea,need a strong cuppa to wake me up in the mornings.x

  279. I’d love to try Fruit & Herbal

  280. I like Earl Grey

  281. Love all “the greys”, Sunshine Grey is favourite, would like to try raspberry & dragonfruit

  282. Velvety Vanilla Flavour Chai Latte

  283. I love Twinnings Irish Breakfast tea. It’s not the easiest to find, but it has a lovely refreshing taste to it!

  284. INTENSELY DOUBLE MINT is my favourite tea at the moment

  285. I drink green and herbal teas but do prefer in the morning a strong breakfast tea to share with my mum x

  286. English Breakfast tea x

  287. Did any person make the cookies? If so how? The recipe does not give American portions. How sad!

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