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Walnut Cake Recipe

Traditional Walnut Cake Recipe from West 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, who was born and bred in the Brendon Hills of West Somerset, and is at least one hundred years old. Enjoy! Comments and suggestions for modern variations of the recipe most welcome.

Six ounces of fine Flour
Half a pound of Castor Sugar
Half a pound of Butter
Eight Eggs
Half a pound of Walnuts
One teaspoonful of Baking Powder
One teaspoonful of Vanilla Essence

Beat the butter and castor sugar to a cream, then add the flour, sifted, and mix well. Add the walnuts chopped, and lastly the whites only of the eight eggs, whipped to a stiff froth. Bake in a moderate oven for one hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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