BOOK WILTSHIRE HOTELS


Wiltshire Lardy Cake, Wiltshire

More British food legends

It is not for nothing that the biggest town in Wiltshire is named for that most useful of animals the pig: Swindon is derived from Swine-Down. While most of the pigs for which the county was and remains famous ended up in savoury dishes - think of Bradenham Ham - there is one exceedingly sweet local speciality owing its existence to them too, namely Lardy Cake.
Wiltshire Lardy Cake is in fact more bun than cake, made with bread dough filled with dried fruit, sugar and lard. And really, nothing else except the air that is worked in to the dough as it is folded over and over, each layer filled with the three flavouring ingredients. The stuffed dough is left to rise before being baked in a tin, the top turning golden-brown, and some of the juices inevitably escaping.
Traditionally the Lardy Cake was a staple of home baking, but bakers' shops in Wiltshire , where they survive, generally offer the product, each having a little twist in the recipe to make it personal and individual: some lemon zest here, a pinch of cinnamon there, perhaps a touch of allspice too.
Harvest time was the season for Lardy Cake, when the fieldworkers needed their energy boosting with its off-the-scale fat and sugar content. Children love it too, at least those who don't object to 'dead flies'. But it is definitely an occasional treat, unless you are training for a triathlon, as even a marathon would not work off all the calories it contains.

Brit Quote:
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. - Stephen Fry
More Quotes

On this day:
First True Canal in Britain Opens - 1761, Punch Magazine launches - 1841, Royal Family Adopts Windsor Name - 1917, Tsar Nicholas and Family Killed - 1918, Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act Gains Royal Assent - 2013
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages

England:
Bath
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
Cleveland/Teesside
Cornwall
County Durham
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
Essex
Gloucestershire
Greater Manchester
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
London
Merseyside
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Rutland
Shropshire
Somerset
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Tyne & Wear
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
East Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
Scotland:
Angus & Dundee
Argyll
Ayrshire & Arran
Borders
Dumfries & Galloway
Edinburgh & the Lothians
Fife
Glasgow
Grampian
Highlands
Isle of Islay
Isle of Mull
Isle of Skye
Lanarkshire
Perthshire
Stirlingshire
Western Isles
Wales:
Anglesey
Mid Wales
North Wales
South Wales
West Wales
Ireland
Northern Ireland:
Belfast
County Antrim
County Armagh
County Down
County Fermanagh
County Londonderry
County Tyrone
Offshore:
Guernsey
Jersey
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Orkneys
Shetland Isles