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Old Hampshire Lardy Cake PDF Print E-mail
Lardy cake is not a cake at all, but is actually a type of bread.  Very rich, very fattening and delicious.  Not for those who are watching their weight or cholesterol!!

INGREDIENTS for the dough
½   lb  Strong white bread flour
1    Teaspoon dried yeast
1    Teaspoon salt
½   Ounce melted lard
¼   Pint warm water (or part milk and part water)

INGREDIENTS for the rest
¼   Pork Lard, diced
Lard for greasing the pan
1 to 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1   teaspoon ground allspice
2   Ounces Demerara sugar
1   Ounce white sugar
1   Ounce Sultanas, chopped
1   Ounce Raisins, chopped
1   Ounce Currants, chopped
1   Ounce Candied Peel, chopped


METHOD
(1)  Using a food-mixer or processor or your hands, mix and knead the dough
(2)  Cover it with oiled polythene and leave to rise until doubled in size; this should take about 1 hour in a warm place
(3)  Knock back the dough, knead it again briefly and roll it out to an oblong
(4)  Mix together 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground allspice and 2 ounces sugar and sprinkle half of this mixture over the dough
(5)  Add half the dried fruits and half the diced lard
(6)  Roll up the dough, like a Swiss roll, give it a quarter turn and roll it out to an oblong again
(7)  Sprinkle with the remaining sugar, spices, dried fruits and fat exactly as before
(8)  Then roll up and roll out the dough to an oblong once again, but this time make it the right size to fit a shallow baking or roasting tin about 7-inches square
(9)  Grease the tin and put the dough into it, pressing it well into the corners
(10) Cover and leave to prove (rise) until the dough is light, puffy and well risen
(11) Score the top of the dough with a diamond pattern, brush with melted lard and sprinkle on 1 ounce of  white sugar
(12) Bake at 425 F (220 C) gas mark 7 until cooked to a golden brown and smelling delicious, 35-40 minutes
(13) Cool the cake briefly in the tin so that the melted fat is re-absorbed, then serve it while still warm, cut into large sticky fingers

Absolutely decadent.  Have plenty of napkins available to wipe the grease off of your chin after you've eaten.
 
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