In the North of England, it is traditional to serve lardy cake on holidays and special occasions.
Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999
- Yield Makes two 11-by-17-inch cakes
- Sour Lardy Cake Dough (http://www.marthastewart.com/260078/sour-lardy-cake-dough)
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
- 6 cups mixed dried fruit, such as currants, cranberries, and golden raisins
- 8 ounces pure vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 cups turbinado or packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 cup apricot jam
- 1/4 cup cognac
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out half of the dough into a 16-inch square. Cover the remaining half with plastic wrap; set aside. In a small bowl, combine ginger, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, and mace. In a large bowl, combine dried fruit.
- Spread 2 ounces shortening over top of dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around perimeter. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons turbinado sugar over shortening. Sprinkle one-fourth of combined spices over sugar. Sprinkle one-fourth of dried fruit over spices. Using the palms of your hands, gently press fruit into dough.
- Fold four corners of square into center, creating a smaller square, enclosing filling. Gently press down on dough with rolling pin. Spread 2 ounces shortening over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around perimeter. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons sugar, another one-fourth of spices, and another one-fourth of fruit. Using palms of your hands, gently press fruit into dough; fold dough into thirds.
- Transfer dough to a piece of parchment paper; roll dough out into an 11-by-17-inch rectangle. Carefully lifting parchment, transfer to baking sheet. Let stand about 20 minutes.
- Repeat steps one through four with remaining dough, shortening, turbinado sugar, spices, and dried fruit.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine jam and cognac in a small saucepan. Set over low heat; cook until liquefied. Strain jam, discarding solids. Brush surface of lardy cakes with jam.
- Bake cakes until golden and puffed, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Lardy cake will keep for up to 1 day, wrapped in aluminum foil; reheat cake before serving.
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