Two Welsh companies have formed a partnership in a bid to create a unique recipe for a traditional Welsh sweet treat.
The Lewis Bakery, which is focused on delivering quality, hand finished products and where possible, sourcing local ingredients, and Welsh Brew Tea, an iconic Welsh brand that produces a range of unique tea blends, have recently collaborated on a mission to re-develop a treat much-loved throughout Wales; bara brith.
Swansea-based Lewis Pies has been producing baked goods since 1936. The Lewis Bakery, another branch to the company which produces bespoke breads, cakes and various sweet treats, has been working with Welsh Brew Tea over recent months to combine the companies’ expertise in the food and drink industry and perfect the recipe for bara brith. The companies aim to present its perfected creation in time for St. David’s Day, the day which celebrates Wales’ patron saint.
Bara brith (or “speckled bread” for the Welsh translation) has been a popular teatime treat for many years and is a staple confection within Welsh culture. It is a rich fruit loaf, often spiced, and made with tea. Bara brith is often enjoyed spread with Welsh salted butter and is a sweet comfort food to the people of the country.
Wilf Lewis, commercial director of the Lewis Pies and Pasty Company, said:
“Working with Welsh Brew Tea is a partnership we are very excited about. Over recent years, there has been a move towards customers seeking more locally sourced ingredients and products. Collaborating with Welsh Brew Tea will help The Lewis Bakery to produce a bara brith recipe that meets this demand for home grown produce, as both The Lewis Bakery and Welsh Brew Tea focus on highlighting our brands as based proudly in Wales.”
James Wenden, sales director at Welsh Brew Tea, said:
“We are a company that is extremely proud of its Welsh heritage and all of our products are packaged bi-lingually. Our tea is the ideal ingredient to include in a product like bara brith, as not only is tea a key ingredient to the recipe, but it offers a sweet and aromatic flavour that really enhances the cake’s taste.
“We are looking forward to working with The Lewis Bakery and seeing what we can do together to make an outstanding version of this famous Welsh recipe.”