One of the things I love about visiting tea rooms in Yorkshire is being served a piece of Wenslydale cheese with a slice of fruit cake, it’s a fabulous combination and a real treat, if you’ve never tried it I can recommend it.
When I saw that Karen at Lavender and Lovage was hosting Best of British for the Yorkshire region, it was a no-brainer that I should make a traditional Yorkshire Barm Brack and serve it with a wedge of Hawes Wenslydale cheese.
Yorkshire Barm Brack
550g/ dried fruit – sultanas, currants and raisins
225g /4oz candied peel, chopped
225g /8 oz glace cherries, halved
300ml/10 fl oz cold, strong, black “Yorkshire” or other tea
150g/5½ oz butter, slightly softened
150g/5½ oz soft, dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
225g/10oz all purpose/plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp black treacle/molasses
100ml/3 fl oz whisky
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
2 tsp lemon juice
110g/4oz ground almonds
- Place all the dried fruits in a large bowl, pour the tea over, stir well, then cover with a tea towel and leave overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 170°C (160C Fan)/325°F/Gas 3.
- Line a 22cm/8½” cake tin (I used a square tin) with greaseproof paper or baking parchment and grease lightly with a little butter.
- Place both the butter and sugar into a roomy baking bowl. Cream
the butter into the sugar until light, smooth and creamy using either a
fork or electric hand whisk.
- Mix the flour with the baking powder. Beat one egg into the
creamed butter, then beat in a third of the flour. Repeat until all the
eggs and flour are used up.
- Finally, gently stir in the treacle, whisky, nutmeg and lemon juice to the cake mixture using a spoon or spatula.
- Drain the dried fruits of the tea and add the ground almonds. Stir
well then add to the cake mixture, again stirring gently until all the
fruits are incorporated into the mixture. Make sure you do stir gently
so as not to knock the air out of the mixture.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and gently level the
surface. Cook in the preheated oven for 2 – 2½ hours or until dark,
- Remove the cake from the oven and place on to a cooling rack and
leave the cake to cool in the tin. Once cooled it is ready to eat. The
cake keeps well when stored in an airtight tin.
It’s a lovely moist fruit cake, there is a hint of whisky flavour, not surprising given how much there is in it! The black treacle and dark brown sugar also add a lovely depth to the flavour. I probably had my oven a little too high as it was ready a little soon and is a bit more damp in the middle than I would have liked. It’s an easy recipe to make and definitely one to make again.
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