Open shortcrust pastry base with a sweet cake-like filling very rich in dried fruit, usually of round form about 1in thick. The top decorated with icing or a lattice pattern in pastry strips.
Known from occasional references in the 1920's, but seemingly popularised in the 1930s by Thomas Martin & Sons, Bakers & Confectioners of 3 High Street and Wilton Place, Hawick.
Hawick Express - Thursday 22 November 1934
Original Receipt from Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 18 April 1949
Frae a' the Airts
Pastry: 3oz. Flour, pinch salt. 1 1/2 oz. margarine, cold water. Filling: 2oz. Sugar, 2oz. margarine, 1 egg, 4oz. sultanas, orange rind.
Make a short-crust pastry and with it line a 7in sandwich tin. Prepare the filling by creaming thoroughly the fat and sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and work in the sultanas and fresh orange rind. Place in the pastry case. If any scraps of pastry are over, roll into strips, twist and place on top to decorate. Bake in a moderate,oven (340 degs. F.) for 30 minutes till golden brown and well risen.
Original Receipt from Peterborough Advertiser - Tuesday 08 November 1955
[Measure of dried fruit is presumably an error- ed]
4 oz. short crust pastry.
1 teaspoonful mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, cherries, etc.).
2 oz. margarine.
Few drops vanilla essence.
2 oz. sugar.
Line 7in. flan tin or flan ring with pastry. Cream fat and sugar well. Add beaten egg and essence. Add chopped nuts to mixed fruit and add to creamed mixture. Put this into pastry case, pressing down well. Bake in a moderate oven 30-40 minutes. Scraps of pastry left over can be cut into strips and placed on top if liked. Thermostat No. 5.
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