Welsh Honey & Camomile Bara Brith - with a cup of Clipper Tea
I know that we are hard core bread bakers but bear with me .. there is a story to this cake. It began approaching 5 years ago when I started writing my first book. I was worried about making sure my recipes worked, I had after all only just returned to my career after children. I advertised for recipe testers on Twitter. I had just 40 followers and one of the many lovely ladies that came forward was Lynn Hill. It would really have made her laugh out loud if I were to say that I would be testing out one of the recipes from her 2nd book and recommending it 5 years later. I contributed a recipe to Lynn’s first book, and whilst I am a bread baker by nature, I do love the occasional cake, and have been known to pop along to one of her Clandestine Cake Club meetings. Oh yes…you did read that correctly… and there are currently 17,221 registered members and 200 clubs/groups.[caption id="attachment_3528" align="alignleft" width="702"] Across the UK and even abroad, thousands of home bakers have been meeting covertly and sharing some of the most loved and inventive baked delights you'll ever eat ...[/caption]
Of course I had to check the recipe out, and sit with a nice cup of tea, just to see if it was really as good as it looked. It really is an outstanding loaf. In fact it is so good that I recommend not just that you bake two and give one away to a friend (if you can bear it) but also that you use a Panibois wooden baking case to bake it in for easy transport and storage. Of course I couldn’t resist fiddling about a bit with the basic recipe, dusted the top with golden granulated sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice and vanilla powder. This morning I sent my teenage daughter off to school with it sliced and a flask of my favourite tea, by Clipper, for her class tutorial group.
As some of you may well remember I harvested Clipper tea in India last year .. so I called them and they have very kindly offered to send 6 packs of the tea to send to 3 UK readers.
Comment below and tell us who you would most like to have tea and this fabulous loaf cake with.
Both count as entries and you can enter once a day until the prizes are won. Draw date is on the 28th February at midday.
You can follow Lynn on Twitter here
You can buy some Panibois that I use from BakeryBits here
I used an organic "O" flour in this recipe.