Heavy or Hevva Cake.

Cornish Heavy cake is a traditional delicacy associated with the Pilchard fishing industry. It was said that fish wives would wait on the cliff tops for the fishing vessels to find a Pilchard shoal. As they hauled the catch aboard they would cry “Hevva” which would be the que for the fisher wives to return home to start baking the “Hevva Cake”.

Cornish Heavy Cake Recipe.

350g/12 oz/3 cups plain flour
2.5 ml/0.5 tsp salt
175g/6oz lard .
75g/3 oz caster sugar
175g/6 oz currants
About 150 ml mixed milk and water
1 egg, beaten.

Place the flour and salt in a bowl, then rub in the lard until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the remaining dry ingredients. Gradually add enough milk and water to make a stiff dough. It will not take very much. Roll out on to a greased baking sheet to about 1 cm/0.5 in thick. Glaze with beaten egg. Draw a criss-cross pattern on the top with the tip of a knife. Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3 for about 20 minutes until golden. Allow to cool, then cut into squares

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