Friday, 27 March 2015

Day 37

Norfolk Vinegar Cake

This is a local recipe for a simple fruit cake. There are no eggs as traditionally it was made when hens were not laying. It keeps of about a week and improves in flavour all the time.


225g butter (softened)

450g flour

225g sugar

225g raisins 

225g sultanas

250ml milk

2 tbsps wine or cider vinegar

1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda mixed with 1 tbsp of milk


1. Rub the butter and flour together so that it resembles breadcrumbs.

2. Then mix in the sugar and the fruit.

3. Put the milk in a large bowl and add the vinegar. Pour in the bicarbonate/milk mixture carefully and mix together.

4. Pour into a greased 23cm (9 inch) cake tin,

5. Bake for 30 minutes at 180C. Reduce the heat to 150C and bake for another 1 1/4 hours. Cover the top of the cake with foil if it starts to darken.

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