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Hunt Cake Recipe

Traditional Hunt Cake Recipe from Somerset











Exmoor is primarily an upland area made up mainly of small villages and hamlets. The largest settlements are Porlock, Dulverton, Lynton, and Lynmouth, Simonsbath and Wheddon Cross.

This recipe is taken straight from the handwritten recipe book of my Great Grandmother and Grandmother, who were both born and bred in the Brendon Hills of West Somerset. This recipe appears to date to around 1925. Enjoy! Comments and suggestions for modern variations of the recipe most welcome.

One pound of Flour
One pound of stoned Raisins
A quarter pound of Butter
A quarter pound of Castor Sugar
One dessertspoonful of Treacle
One teaspoonful of Bicarbonate of Soda
A teacupful of Milk
Three ounces of Candied Peel

Beat the butter and sugar to a cream. Add the flour gradually, moistened with the milk warmed sufficiently to dissolve the treacle and bicarbonate of soda. Beat well, add raisins and peel, mix thoroughly, and bake in a deep cake tin in a moderate oven for two and a half hours.











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Exmoor is a National Park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of south west England. Exmoor is located in two counties, with 71% of the park located in Somerset and 29% located in Devon