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Irish Porter Cake

This is a really lovely rich cake. If you soak the dried fruit in Guinness overnight it makes the fruit really plump and juicy . It is a good idea if you can wait to leave the cake once baked for at least a week before cutting, not easy but worth it as the flavours mellow and deepen.

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Prepare a caketin by lining with 225g softened butter
225g muscovado sugar
4 eggs
rind of a lemon or orange
500g mixed dried fruit (I used sultanas,raisins, cherries, prunes, mixed peel)
100g walnuts
330ml bottle of Guinness
300g flour
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp bicarb soda

Beat the butter and sugar until well mixed. Add the well beaten eggs and a spoon of flour. Fold in all the fruit and the nuts and add the Guiness to this.

 Mix the dry ingredients together. Fold these into the wet mixture and mix well.

Bake in gas mark 3 oven for 3 hours.

This cake improves with leaving before eating. 1 week is good 1 month is better. Pour guiness over the skewered cake when taken from the oven to add

Added by: Rhona Murphy

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