Mmmm blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins…we love blueberries! Whenever I make myself a cup of this in the office, someone will always say how good it smells – and it tastes just as good (a rare thing amongst fruit teas – so often they smell great but taste of nothing!) Super-fruity with hibiscus, rosehips and Echinacea…. This is one to snuggle up with in front of a roaring fire… preferably with a piece of cake!
My mum sent me a traditional Bara Brith recipe on a postcard whilst she was on holiday in Wales and I adapted it to give it an extra fruity Cosy twist 🙂 This is a really quick vegan cake to put together if you’re looking for something a little bit different to have post Christmas lunch, Boxing Day, or maybe just for afternoon tea!
Vegan Blueberry Bara Brith
450g self-raising flour
400g mixed dried fruit
1 mashed banana
200g brown sugar
300ml warm Cosy Blueberry tea
Small punnet blueberries
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Drizzle of Sweetbird Blueberry syrup (available at selected suppliers online)
Place the sugar and dried fruit in a bowl and soak overnight in the tea. Sieve the flour and mixed spice and add to the soaked fruit, along with the beaten egg or banana. Add the blueberries and mix well. Spoon into a greased loaf tin and bake at 180c or gas mark 4 for 1.5 hours – or until it’s golden and a skewer comes out clean. Poke holes in the top and drizzle the cake with a little Blueberry syrup while it’s still warm. Cool on a wire rack.
Serve sliced and buttered…with a cup of Cosy, of course : )
Have a great Christmas everyone, see you next week for more tea cosy patterns!