Friday, 2 November 2012

The Delusion of Food and Lardy cake,with funk

Somersetshire Lardy Cake. A Real Mother for Ya. Johnny guitar watson


1lb Plain Yeast Dough

Knock back and knead again until smooth

Lardy Cake

4 oz Lard
4oz Sugar
4oz dried fruit
Little spice (mixed spices, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom,)
Roll our the plain yeast dough into an oblong shape
If it’s a bit sticky flour the board well
Divide the lard and sugar into 2 equal portions, cutting the lard into tiny pieces
Dot  half the lard onto the all over the dough and half the sugar and fruit, with a light dusting of spice on to the dough
Fold in the same way as for flaky pastry
Fold the dough over one third at a time, closing it like an envelope.
Seal the edges by pressing it with the rolling pin
‘Rib’ the dough with the rolling pin. (Press the rolling pin into the dough lengthways to create ridges equally spaced across the dough)
Turn the dough clockwise and roll out flat to a oblong shape
Add flour as required to prevent the dough sticking to the board
Re-roll the dough and repeat with the remaining lard, sugar, fruit and spice
Fold again and roll into a neat square or oblong shape
To fit into a 7 or 9 inch tin
If using a round tin mould the dough with hands to the required space
Put the mixture into a warmed, greased and floured cake tin, making sure it comes no more than two thirds of the way up the tin.
Prove for 20 mins in a warm place
Bake in the centre of a hot oven (425-450F or Gas Mark 6-7) for 15 mins
Lower heat to 375F/Gas Mark 4 for 20-25 mins
Either dust the cake with caster sugar when cold or brush with glaze when hot (1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water)
Enjoy with tea and Funk

johnny guitar watson
Big credit R.I.P.

By Jon Chef

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