An easy old thing from Ireland that would have been as popular a few hundred years ago as it is now, for its household economy, simplicity and exceptional keeping qualities. This is also a great recipe with which to launch kids into the kitchen, setting them on the path of self-reliance, kitchen confidence and cake adoration by virtue of their first, delicious success.
Heat oven to 180°C (350°F).
Combine butter, sultanas, currants, sugar, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring, then cool.
Add eggs and beat well. Sift the 2 flours together, add to the mixture and beat well. Pour into a lightly buttered cake tin of
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from tin. Store in an airtight container.
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