Georgian Plumb Cake
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
Now that we’ve all been at home for a while, baking seems to have emerged as one of the most important ways of our keeping ourselves entertained and being creative.
If you’ve already done all your favourite recipes, why not experiment with some from the past. This one is for Plumb Cake (plumbs is the old word for currants) and is from 1700s – a time when Britain was importing lots of spices and food was becoming much more interesting.
If you really want to step into the shoes of Georgian cooks, then you’ll need to do all the beating by hand – very good exercise and a bonus if anyone in your house is sleeping when you start baking.
If you fancy trying this recipe, you can find it here. NB: It’s for making 10 cakes so you have to remember to divide the quantities back down!
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