Bring Welsh flavour to your afternoon tea!

Published: Tuesday 4th Mar 2014

Written by: Ginnie James

For many people ‘afternoon tea’ is an integral part of their day. But whether you are an afternoon tea devotee or not you are bound to be able to find time to discover and enjoy some delicious Welsh sweet treats.

Wales is blessed with beautifully soft water and there are a number of teas on offer specifically blended to complement the water. This makes for a clear and refreshing cuppa. But you can’t have a cup of afternoon tea without an accompanying indulgence.

Bara Brith, usually translated as ‘speckled bread’, is a tasty dense fruit loaf. There are many regional variations on the fruit and spices used but the common factor is that the fruit is soaked, preferably overnight, in tea before baking. Traditionally made with self-raising flour instead of yeast, Bara Brith can be kept for a long time.

A good Bara Brith though doesn’t usually hang around for long! Served in slices, with a generous helping of Welsh butter, this is a perfect accompaniment for you cup of afternoon tea. As an alternative to the fruit loaf, why not try a crempog?

Otherwise known as ffroes, these fluffy buttermilk pancakes would traditionally be part of a birthday celebration. Spread them with butter and serve them in a stack for a more decadent snack! These, and many other Welsh delicacies, can be picked up in farmers markets, local food festivals and farm shops all throughout our country which prides itself on the quality and freshness of its produce.

Ginnie James
Ginnie James



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