British Recipes > Fig Sly Cakes

How to make Fig Sly Cakes:
Also known as "Cheats Cake", this traditional recipe is so called because of its deceptive appearance. On the outside the cakes look plain and boring, but concealed inside is a rich filling of figs, currants, nuts and raisins.


10oz plain/all purpose flour
pinch of salt
4oz butter, diced
3oz lard, diced
2oz caster sugar
8oz dried figs, chopped
3oz walnut pieces, chopped
2oz currants
2oz raisins
milk to glaze
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- To make the pastry, put the flour and salt into a bowl, and then rub in the butter and lard until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the sugar and enough water to bind the mixture together.
- Chill while preparing the filling.
- Put the figs, walnuts, currants and raisins into a saucepan with 1/4 pint water and cook uncovered, stirring continuously, until the water has evaporated and the fruit mixture is soft and thick.
- Leave to cool.
- Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.
- Roll out one half of the dough and place it in a suitable well-greased tin.
- Spread the fruit mixture over the dough.
- Roll out the remaining dough and use to cover the filling.
- Seal the edges well and mark into 12 squares.
- Brush the top with the milk.
- Bake at 190oC for about 40 minutes.
- When ready the cakes should be golden brown.