This is a quick cake originally made to provide some sustenance for the pilchard fishermen returning with their catch.
Once the shoal is seen 'Heva' is called out from the top of the cliff by the 'Huers' - there's still an ancient Huers' Hut at Newquay - and the bakers would set to work to have a warm and delicious cake, made from readily available ingredients, ready by the time the catch was landed.
8oz self-raising flour
3oz granulated sugar
Half a teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
4oz candied lemon peel
Rub fats into flour until resembling breadcrumbs
Mix in all other ingredients (a little milk might be needed to make a stiff dough)
Roll out to about a half inch thickness
Place on a greased, floured baking tray* make a 'lattice' of shallow diagonal knife cuts, and sprinkle top with sugar.
Bake at 180C/350F/gas mark 5 for about 30 minutes ( I usually find it needs less so check at around 25 minutes as ovens can vary such a lot.)
*I've found a 9''x6''x3/4" (23x15x2cm) to be just about the perfect size.
For vegetarian version use 5oz butter and no lard; for vegans use 5oz margarine and, if needed, soya milk; try 100% wholemeal self-raising flour - you'll almost certainly need extra milk as wholemeal takes up more liquid; omit the lemon peel altogether or use chopped glace cherries or ginger instead; choc chips are possible too but I've not tried that.
Added by: Angeline Edney
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