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Bara Brith Biscuits

Bara Brith biscuits - A crunchy spiced shortbread biscuit with orange zest and Twinings tea-infused raisins.
Active Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 large (7cm) biscuits


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


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan.
  • 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.
  • Cream together the butter (100g) and light brown sugar (50g) until light and fluffy.
  • 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.
  • Drain the raisins and add them to the dough. Use your hands to knead them into the dough until evenly distributed.
  • 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.
  • Brush each biscuit with a little milk and then sprinkle over a little light brown sugar.
  • Cook the biscuits for 15-18 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy with a cup of tea :-)


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


Serving: 1large biscuit | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 4.6g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Biscuits
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Coffee Morning, Easter Biscuit
Author: Charlotte Oates