Cornish Recipes > Cornish Heavy Cake

How to make Cornish Heavy Cake:
A very famous Cornish cake which is really more of a rich, fruity pastry than a raised cake. Heavy Cake is really delicious especially served with jam and clotted cream.


1lb flour
3oz sultanas
3oz currants
2oz lemon peel
8oz butter cut into small pieces
4oz lard cut into small pieces
pinch of salt
water to mix
a little milk for brushing
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- Mix the flour, fruit and salt together.
- Add the butter and lard.
- Add a little water.
- Mix together to form a dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface and roll into an oblong.
- Allow to rest in fridge for 10 minutes.
- Roll out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
- Brush with a little milk.
- Bake on a well-greased baking tray at about 180 degrees C. for 3/4 of an hour.