Recipe Time: Teisen Lap
By Steffan Roberts, proprietor of the popular Snowdon Café in Penceunant Isaf, Snowdon
One of my favourite recipes is this deliciously moist light fruit cake which seldom lasted long out of the oven, mainly because as kids we’d stand waiting for it to come out of the AGA, and then polish it off with a glass of full cream milk!
It is best while still warm.
We called it Drawer Cake, but that’s not the proper translation, and there seem to be so many different translations and recipes for it – Moist, Slab etc.
But the name doesn’t really matter does it if it tastes fantastic?
This recipe unusually calls for some glacé cherries to be hurled into the mix
12oz/375g Self Raising Flour
8oz/240g Mixed Dried Fruit
Handful of Glace Cherries
2 Eggs from Welsh hens
Pinch of Ginger
Pinch of Nutmeg
Rub the margarine into the flour.
Add the fruit, chopped glacé cherries and sugar.
Beat the eggs into the milk and add to the mixture. Sprinkle in the nutmeg and ginger and mix well.
The mixture should drop off the spoon easily. Pour into a shallow tin, and bake in a low oven (250F or 130C). You’ll need to watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn on the top.
Remove from the oven and consume instantly! Although take care if it’s very hot.
It’s lovely with a glass of creamy milk, or perhaps some Barley Wine. One alternative is to steep the fruit in Barley Wine (and a teabag) to soak up the flavour.
Find more of my recipes in the ‘Snowdon Café Cookbook’, available at: www.snowdoncafe.com.
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