A tasty morsel from Hana

In our regular series, this month Hana shares a tasty sounding cake recipe. She assures us it’s virtuous, but seriously who wants to be virtuous where cake’s involved? Not me, slather on the butter Hana!

Not quite Malt Loaf

Well I have been very slacking of late with providing you avid readers/runners with a tasty morsel that could aid your recovery after a long race/run.

Well daughter has moved up north to further her education and to practise her “Northern accent”, the words Malt loaf were the easiest to say with such an accent. It then reminded me of an article I read in some walking or running magazine about the virtues of such an item of culinary delight.

Now my version is similar in texture and ingredients, but as the title suggests without the “Malt”. It comes from an old faithful recipe book I have, written by Mary Berry, and is so tasty and really sin free, you’ll love it.

The only fat in it, comes from one egg, and for even the most cake making shy person, you can’t fail.

It is of course a…

Bara Brith 



Hana's Bara Brith cake
Mmmmm, cake!


  • 12oz/350g mixed dried fruit (like the stuff you make an Xmas cake out of)
  • 8oz/225g Light Muscovado sugar
  • 10fl oz/300 ml strong hot tea
  • 10oz/275g self raising flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  1. Measure the fruit and sugar into a bowl, pour over the hot tea, cover and leave overnight (or all day if you prep it in the morning before going to work)
  2. Preheat an oven 150c/300f/Gas 2  (fan oven 140c)
  3. Lightly grease and line the base of a 2lb/900g loaf tin with baking parchment
  4. Stir the flour and egg into the fruit mixture, mix thoroughly then pour it into the loaf tin and level the surface
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hrs (fan oven 1 ¼ hrs) until well risen and firm to the touch, a fine skewer should come out clean
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for about 10 mins then turn out onto a cooling rack.

You can eat this as it is, if you are virtuous, but if you are anything like me, I like it with a thick spread of butter, yes BUTTER on it.


You’ll find it is much tastier than that “Soreen” malt loaf at Tesco’s, so why not give it a go?




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