All posts tagged: cakes

Newark Show “Cut and Butter” Cake

It is told that the illustrious, and slightly scary sounding, Nottinghamshire Women’s Institute Catering Committee devised this fruit loaf for the Notts County Show held at the Newark Showground every May. I don’t have any dates for this recipe, it appears in Angela Greary’s 1994 local recipes book and follows a similar fruitcake recipe from Southwell, dated 1890. However, it is clearly a very traditional and, indeed, a very simple recipe. Given the array of food choices and exotic street food that characterise so many shows and festivals nowadays (not that I am complaining, you understand ūüėä) ¬†it is nice to think that such a simple and traditional tea loaf was the talk of the show. Apparently it was sold in the refreshment tent, sliced and buttered (hence the name) and was always a popular choice. This recipe (in post-Brexit Imperial measures, I’m afraid) ¬†makes two solid loaves or cakes (put one in the freezer or store in an airtight tin). Ingredients ¬†1 and a half lbs mixed dried fruit, 3/4 pint hot tea (or …

Cattern Cakes and Nottingham Lace

The two great holidays of the Lace Makers – for which Nottingham is known the world over (and which, according to modern folklore accounts for number of beautiful and feisty women in the City) are Cattern’s (St Catherine’s Day, November 25th) and Tander’s (St Andrew’s Day, November 30th). St Catherine is the patron Saint of Spinners, lace-makers, rope-makers and “spinsters” and Lace-makers traditionally made these cakes to celebrate her feast day (also the name, coincidentally, of the Duchess of Cambridge who chose Nottingham Lace for her wedding gown). The story is also told that when Katherine of Aragon was imprisoned at Ampthill she heard of the plight of local lace-makers and ordered all her lace to be burned so she could commission new in order to give work to the industry. Sometimes the cakes are made as rounds or¬† “wheels” (Catherine Wheels, associated with St Catherine of Alexandria) but I remember them more like scones. Either way, they are delicious – something between a cake and a cookie bar flavoured with Caraway. This recipe is …