Yorkshire Recipes

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Yorkshire Soda Cake

Yorkshire Soda Cake –  this everyday cake is quick and easy to make. The outer shell is crispy, with an inner soft and crumby texture – perfect with a mug of tea.

Here’s a recipe from the Keighley area of West Yorkshire.


  • 8 oz (225g) plain flour
  • 3 oz (85g) lard
  • 3 oz (85g) currants
  • 4 oz (113g) sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • A little milk


  1. Rub the lard into the flour and then mix in the dried fruit and sugar
  2. Add the beaten egg
  3. Add the bicarbonate of soda to a little milk (around 2 tablespoons) and whisk well
  4. Mix soda and milk to the other ingredients and mix to a soft dough; add a little more milk if the mix feels too dry.  Press the dough into a greased and lined 8″ round cake tin
  5. Bake in a moderate oven (350 F/180 C/gas mark 4) for 30 minutes.


Source: Peter Brears ‘Traditional Food in Yorkshire’ (2014)   Prospect Books, p.213.

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