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
- Rub the lard into the flour and then mix in the dried fruit and sugar
- Add the beaten egg
- Add the bicarbonate of soda to a little milk (around 2 tablespoons) and whisk well
- 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
- 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.