Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Westmorland pepper cake

This Christmas I missed home a lot - home being the Lake District - and I decided to ease the feeling by baking myself some home flavoured treats. 

The first was Westmorland pepper cake (which I had actually never eaten whilst still in Cumbria, but shh) which is an odd idea but tastes absolutely delicious - particularly when you've overdosed on chocolate and want something a little less SWEET, but still cakey. 

I got the recipe from a post card we bought in Kendal years ago, which has a lovely photo of Troutbeck on it. 


350g self-raising flour
175g caster sugar
175g treacle
85g butter
85g currants
85g raisins
25g candied peel
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
150ml milk
1 egg

Mix the dry ingredients then rub in the butter. 
Add the fruit and peel and mix, then add the treacke, milk, butter and beaten egg. 

Pour into a lined and greased 7" round tin (I didn't have one but I dud have one of those doughnut shaped tins so I used that) and bake at 170c for 1 1/4 hours.

Rather than eating it warm right out of the oven, which is what I want to do with most cakes, this tastes better a few days old - so let it cool completely, slice it up and whack it in a cake tin.

It's a brilliant one to have around when you've got people dropping in every day, like we all do at this time of year, because it keeps for ages and is really rather delicious. 

1 comment:

  1. In a way (except for the pepper of course) this reminds me of a recipe for Yorkshire Parkin, it's that same rich dark colour & always tastes best after a day or two. I've found loads of recipes but never found one as good as my Nanna's. Hers stuck to the roof of your mouth & had a real spicy kick to it. Mmmm


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