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Retro recipe: Economical spice cake recipe

Economical spice cake
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In the old days they used to make wonderfully spicy cakes with cinnamon and nutmeg. This cake goes beautifully with a cup of tea or coffee and is not only economical – as its title suggests – but also easy to make. And your kitchen will smell amazing.

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 2 tbsp dripping
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  1. Boil the sugar, water and spices together for 5 minutes, add the dripping and raisins and stir together. Take off the heat and let cool until still warm but not boiling – about 15 minutes. You don’t want the dripping to go solid. You can buy dripping from some supermarkets or your butcher. You can also make your own by draining the fat from a roast and straining it.
  2. Sift the flour, salt and soda, then stir into the raisins and spices. Mix well, pour into a well-greased loaf tin and cook at 180º for an hour or until cooked through and golden.
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