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Grasmere Cake

Soda-raised sponge cake with currants mixed-in.

See also: Grasmere Gingerbread

Receipt from Denis Scadeng at www.burdon.demon.co.uk/grasmere.htm;

Cake mix
Weigh the following directly into a food processor:
    12 oz self-raising flour
    2 level tsps mixed spice
   ½ level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda or baking powder
    and mix in food processor for a few seconds.
    6 oz soft margarine
    and "rub in" in food processor.
    6 oz demerara sugar
    6 oz currants
    3 oz sultanas
    and stir in.
Put the following in a bowl:
   ½ pint milk
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    then add to mixture and mix until it has a dropping consistencey.

Leave overnight or for a few hours.
Place in a 20 cm round cake tin, greased and bottom lined with parchment. Smooth the surface and cover with foil.
Place in fan assisted oven at 150 °C for 1 hour 45 min. (+15 if necessary).
It should be well risen and firm - test with scewer.
Remove and cool on a rack.
Bon appetit

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