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Kentish Hop-Picker's Cake

Cakes
Kent

Soda-raised white wheatflour fruit-and-spice cake with ginger, black treacle and beer.

See also: Oast Cakes


Hop pickers in Kent, 1929


The harvesting of Kentish hops to flavour beer required mass labour, largely provided by whole families arriving from East London to stay in 'hopper's huts' during September.


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KENTISH HOP-PICKERS CAKE

10oz flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
6 oz margarine
4 oz soft brown sugar
4 oz sultanas
4 oz currants
2 oz mixed peel
9 oz milk
5 oz beer
1 tbsp black treacle

Sift the dry ingredients together and rub in the margarine. Warm the treacle and add it along with the beer and milk to form a soft dropping consistency. Pout into a lined 2lb tin and bake 1 to 1 ½ hours at 160C.




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