Project BreadHead: 10 Lardy Cake

Well, as you can see from previous posts, life has been a little hectic recently. After spending a couple of months working at 29% capacity, I spent the last two at 110%. And that doesn’t include all the hours I spend on pointless non-billable admin! In November there were 165 work hours on a 9.00-5.30 rota. I worked over 255! Didn’t leave an awful lot of time for anything else, that’s for sure!

Things are quietening down now though so I made bread number 10 from Project BreadHead. Lardy Cake! It sounds gross but it’s not. It’s actually really quite delicious!

Ingredients:

Mixed spice, caster sugar, light brown sugar, salt, mixed fruit, lard, yeast, white bread flour and sunflower oil.

Mix up your yeast and leave for 15 minutes in a warm place so it goes foamy. No point starting with dead yeast!

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast and the remaining water. Knead for 10 minutes and leave to rise, covered with cling film, for an hour.

Knock back the dough and knead gently for 3 minutes. Roll out into a rectangle. Take half the lard and cover two thirds of the dough with small squares.

Sprinkle over half the sugar and half the dried fruit and mixed spice. Fold the bottom up and the top third down and seal with a rolling pin.

Turn the dough 90 degress. With the remaining ingredients, repeat the last two steps. Cover with cling film and leave to rise for 45 mins.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. Brush the top of the dough with sunflower oil and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 30 mins or until golden. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm.

Like I say, this was actually really nice. I had to keep reminding myself this was a bread not a cake. Even though it’s called a cake. But it’s not. Anyways, enjoy!

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