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.

Once you’re logged into Rafflecopter you’ll find lots of bonus entry options. None of these are mandatory so you can just do the comment bit if you like, but the more you do, the more chance you have of winning 🙂

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  • Closes at midnight (BST) on Sunday 6th November 2016.
  • Aged 18+.
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  • The winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of the closing date. They will have 28 days to claim their prize otherwise an alternative winner will be selected.
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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


  • 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


  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.


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

  2. English Breakfast tea x

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

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

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

  6. Velvety Vanilla Flavour Chai Latte

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

  8. I like Earl Grey

  9. I’d love to try Fruit & Herbal

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

  11. the English strong breakfast is my favorite


  13. Joanna Kasznicki

    Love Earl grey and would love to try Lady grey

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

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

  16. English Breakfast is delicious

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

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

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

  20. Breakfast tea

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

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

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

  24. ooooh English Breakfast Tea

  25. Earl Grey tea

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

  27. Michelle Louise Weston

    I would love to try the Blueberry and Apple!

  28. natalee gosiewski


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

  30. I love Earl grey!!!

  31. Miss Tracy Hanson

    Really fancy trying the Fruit Selection.

  32. The English Breakfast Tea

  33. English Breakfast for me

  34. Judith Lightfoot

    I would love to try Lady Grey tea sounds delicious

  35. I love a cup of English Breakfast

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

  37. I love the English Breakfast tea

  38. English breakfast looks great

  39. English Strong Breakfast for me.

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

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

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

  43. Assam

  44. Got to go with the classic a Breakfast Tea

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

  46. Chai tea or English breakfast.

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

  48. 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!

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

  50. Green tea for me

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

  52. Apple and pear sounds lovely and warming

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

  54. 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 🙂

  55. Earl Grey 🙂

  56. Twinings English breakfast tea is the family favourite !

  57. Strong English Breakfast

  58. I like Earl Grey

  59. Bollywood Chai Latte sound fun!

  60. Raspberry sounds incredible!

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

  62. Earl Grey is the winner with me.

  63. I love the English Breakfast team the best.

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

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

  66. I’d love to try the China Rose

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

  68. English Breakfast tea, always and forever <3

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

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

  71. Charlotte Hoskins

    I love their peppermint tea, so refreshing

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

  73. I would like to try the Christmas Tea

  74. Blackcurrant and rhubarb – very refreshing

  75. Green tea

  76. 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!

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


  79. I’m obsessed with gingerbread green tea

  80. would like to try fruit

  81. 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!

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

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

  84. I love classic English Breakfast tea

  85. The Golden Gingerbread Chai Latte looks delicious and warming

  86. mango and strawberry tea sounds absolutely lovely

  87. English Strong Breakfast is my favourite from Twinings.

  88. Brian Patrick McNulty

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

  89. Michael Knappett

    Lemon & Ginger for me

  90. I love English Breakfast Tea 🙂

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

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

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

  94. Breakfast Tea

  95. earl grey

  96. I like green tea with smooth lemon

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

  98. Twinings Moroccan mint

  99. earl gray for me ^^

  100. My favourite is the Everyday Tea.

  101. English Strong Breakfast

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

  103. breakfast tea

  104. English breakfast tea

  105. English Breakfast Tea is my favourite

  106. Moroccan mint

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

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

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

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

  111. I just love a cup of Earl Grey!

  112. Green tea

  113. Ann Skamarauskas

    English Afternoon Tea for me

  114. i am a breakfast tea fan!

  115. Breakfast Tea is my favourite

  116. Peppermint is my favourite!

  117. I love Twinings Earl Grey.

  118. Breakfast Tea

  119. Twinnings earl grey is so nice

  120. 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.

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

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

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

  124. michelle o'neill

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

  125. English Breakfast.

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

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

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

  129. I love English Breakfast tea

  130. Charmian Filewood

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

  131. fruit teas sounds refreshing

  132. love ginger tea

  133. English Strong Breakfast

  134. Would love to try the Bollywood Chai Latte x

  135. Margaret Clarkson

    My favourite is Earl Grey

  136. emilia nastaly-howard

    apple and pear must be yummy 🙂

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

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

  139. would like to try loose leaf pyramids

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

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

  142. The English Breakfast Tea is my favourite

  143. I love the ginger tea

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

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

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

  147. Lemon and ginger

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

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

  150. The English Strong Breakfast Tea

  151. Sally Collingwood

    I love Twinnings English Breakfast tea the most

  152. My favourite tea is twinning English breakfast tea

  153. I love the chai tea, yummy

  154. Would love to try intensely beetroot burst

  155. my fave is the Assam teas

  156. would love to try the english breakfast

  157. Earl Grey

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

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

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

  161. At the moment my favourite is liquorice tea.

  162. Strong English Breakfast Tea

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

  164. I would like to taste the steamed green tea

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

  166. Salted caramel green tea sounds beautiful

  167. breakfast tea

  168. charlotte Burford

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

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

  170. Earl Grey – always!

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

  172. Love the English breakfast tea

  173. 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. 🙂

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

  175. Mango and Strawberry sounds amazing!

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

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

  178. 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!

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

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

  181. I love Earl Grey!

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

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

  184. I love their strong English Breakfast tea

  185. I would love to try the LAdy Grey

  186. English breakfast tea 🙂 xx

  187. I love the earl grey

  188. Earl Grey!

  189. Would love to try Golden Gingerbread Chai latte

  190. peppermint x

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

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

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

  194. Natalie Thomason

    Earl grey

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

  196. Jennifer Wlodyka

    Peppermint is my favourite

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

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

  199. Strong English Breakfast Tea

  200. mango and strawberry

  201. 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.

  202. Victoria Thurgood


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

  204. english afternoon tea!

  205. I love English breakfast tea

  206. 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

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

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

  209. we love the Green tea.

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

  211. English Breakfast

  212. English breakfast is my favourite Twinings tea ☕️

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

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

  215. I absolutely love the English Breakfast tea 🙂

  216. chi tea

  217. love Twinnings Eral Grey.x

  218. I love English Breakfast Tea 🙂

  219. 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 🙂

  220. mango and strawberry xx

  221. Sharon Lou Johnson

    has to be Twinnings Earl grey love it xx

  222. Green tea with lemon

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

  224. Traditional English breakfast tea for me.

  225. english breakfast thankyou

  226. I would love to try spiced Chai

  227. Deborah Mackenzie

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

  228. My favourite is English Breakfast

  229. Has to be the classic English Breakfast!

  230. Trio of Lemons – 20 Tea Bags sounds lovely

  231. I would love to try the Steamed Green Tea

  232. I would love to try the Perfect Afternoon tea blend! I love assam tea and this blend sounds so good!

  233. Breakfast tea is my favourite

  234. Would like to try their simply pure green tea

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

  236. I love Twinings Red Berry herbal tea 🙂

  237. Earl Grey

  238. English Strong Breakfast

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

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

  241. I like the everyday decaffeinated

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

  243. I love their Earl Grey Tea

  244. Earl Grey every time!

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

  246. english breakfast is my tipple

  247. I love earl grey

  248. Philip Underwood

    Any of the fruity teas!

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

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

  251. Earl Grey for me

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

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

  254. Chelsey Hollings

    Would love to try the cherry bakewell green tea

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

  256. I’d like to try English breakfast.

  257. Englsh breakfast is my favourite

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

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

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

  261. Michelle Ferguson

    The spiced chai sounds lovely

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

  263. i;d like to try Intensely tropical

  264. I love english breakfast tea x

  265. earl grey tea

  266. I like Earl Grey


    Steamed Green Tea so pure

  268. 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

  269. english breakfast all the way!

  270. I love Twinnings Earl Grey Tea

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

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

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

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

  275. Love the English Breakfast Tea

  276. the english afternoon tea

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

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

  279. Intensely tropical sounds awesome!

  280. Great recipe think it will rapidly become a favourite

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

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

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

  284. 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

  285. All looks so yummy

  286. breakfast tea

  287. I’d love to try apple and pear!

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