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Best of British Food - Cornish Hevva Cake

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posted by Paul Townsend alias brizzle born and bred on Wednesday 14th of February 2018 05:21:12 AM

Heavy cake or Hevva cake (Cornish: Hevva) is a cake made from flour, lard, butter, milk, sugar and raisins that originated in Cornwall. Its name is derived from the pilchard industry in Cornwall prior to the 20th century when a 'huer' (cliff top lookout) helped locate shoals of fish. The huer would shout 'Hevva!, Hevva!' to alert the boats to the location of the pilchard shoals. Cornish tradition states that Hevva cake was baked by the huers on their return to their homes, the cake being ready by the time the crews returned to land. The cakes are about 1/2", with a criss-cross pattern scored across the top, representing the fishing nets. Great slabs of Hevva cake would then be baked by the women of the village to feed the returning fishermen and, in fact, the whole village when men, women and children would unite to prepare the harvest of the sea for shipping to market. Ingredients for Cornish Hevva Cake 500 grams self-raising flour 200 grams castor sugar 250 grams of margarine 2 medium eggs 2 tablespoons milk 250 grams mixed dried fruit How to Make Cornish Hevva Cake Place the flour and margarine in a large mixing bowl and rub lightly together to form fine crumbs. Mix in the sugar. Mix in the mixed fruit. Beat together the eggs and milk and add to the mixture. Mix these ingredients together and lightly form a firm dough. Heat the oven to 190 °C (Gas 6). Grease a large oven sheaf. Roll out the cake mixture to approximately 25 cm by 20 cm and 2.5 cm thick. Place the cake mix onto the sheaf and cut a criss-cross pattern on the top. Cook for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown.

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