Sunday, 25 January 2015

Bara Brith Spiced Shortbread for St Dwynwen's Day

Bara Brith Spiced Shortbread for St Dwynwen's Day

It's St. Dwynwen's Day today, the Welsh day of love. My celebrations are restrained - there are no tacky red hearts, no chocolates declaring 'Dwi'n dy garu di' (I love you in Welsh), no balloons professing undying love; I've opted instead for these understated but undeniably delicious shortbread hearts. The delicate spicing together with the sweet sultanas works very well and the biscuits themselves are light and crisp.

It's no coincidence that I've chosen shortbread for my inspiration as the 25th January is a double Celtic celebration. All over Scotland this evening, Burns Night festivities will be taking place so whether you're partying with haggis and whisky or having a romantic, candlelit dinner for two, these biscuits are the answer.

Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus - SlĂ inte!


110g plain flour
40g cornflour
100g butter, room temperature - I use salted butter but you can use unsalted if you prefer. I do think though that in that case, you should add a pinch of salt to the mixture.
50g caster sugar
50g sultanas
1 teaspoon mixed spice

Either by hand or in a mixer, mix the butter and sugar until combined. Sift the flour, mixed spice and cornflour together and then add to the butter mixture. Finally add the sultanas and mix until the dough comes together. Shape into a rough disk, wrap in clingfilm and chill for about 30 minutes. 

Flour a work surface and roll the dough out thinly. Cut out the biscuits with whatever cutter you prefer, then place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. 

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the biscuits) and then move to a wire rack to cool.

Bara Brith Shortbread


  1. Yum. Clever choosing shortbread to celebrate Celtic Burns Night and St Dwynwens Day.

    I've just made some Welsh cakes and used my heart shaped cookie cutter, am posting it on my blog later today.

    1. I have to admit that I love my heart-shape cutters! Look forward to your Welsh cakes!

  2. If someone gave me a batch of such delicious shortbread, I would be completely won over and quite happy to forget the chocolate. I didn't know about Dwynwens Day - so much to learn.

    1. Thanks - I like Dwynwens day because it's not well known - much more romantic!