Since this recipe requires that you to make it six weeks beforehand in mid November the timing is perfect. This recipe comes from Cynthia Frank of Acklam and she says that it has been in her family for perhaps 200 years, but was finally written down in 1911. So instead of running out to the supermarket and buying a mass-produced cake, try this idea for Christmas.
Christmas Cake: Ingredients: 1 lb butter, 1 lb sugar, 8 large eggs, 8 tablespoons milk, 1lb currants, 3/4 lb raisins, -lb cherries, 2oz mixed candied peel, 2oz whole almonds, 2oz ground almonds, 10 oz self raising flour, 12 oz plain flour.
Preparation: Line a large tin with brown paper and grease proof paper. Check dried fruit for stalks, seeds etc and cut into small pieces also cut the peel into small pieces. Blanch almonds to remove skin and then chop into small pieces. Mix altogether in a bowl and cover with a clean linen cloth or you can use cling film nowadays.
Method: Heat oven to gas 4, 350F or 180C or 160C in a fan assisted oven. Cream butter and sugar together. Gradually add the other ingredients and mix well. Place in the tin and cover with a sheet of grease proof paper. Bake at 350F - 180C or 160C for fan for 1' hours. Then reduce heat to 250F - 120C, Gas mark ' or 100C for fan assisted. Check cake is cooked by testing with a metal spike leave to cool before removing from the tin.
This cake should be made on the second Sunday in November and stored in an air tight tin (1911 recipe) or wrapped in foil in a plastic container (2011 recipe) until Christmas. Then on the great day serve with slices of Wensleydale cheese. We are sure not only will this be delicious but you can have all the kudos of telling your guests at Christmas that you made it yourself from a 100-year-old recipe. Merry Christmas.
. If you have an old recipe for a dish that you don''t see much of these days, which you think might whet the appetites of our readers, send it into Cookbook Classics, Remember When, Evening Gazette, Borough Road, Middlesbrough.
RON Taylor, of Ormesby, has submitted these pictures from his collection of vintage postcards and asks: "A Winterschladen shop, but where was it? A shop near the railway station and one in Linthorpe Village are the only two that I know of. The picture above is a very early photograph dating from the Edwardian era showing an interesting view of the shop window, but I was surprised by the apparent age of the boy on the left. He looks very young to be helping out at the shop. The windows show a variety of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products being advertised, including 'Sparkling Burton Mild and Bitter Ales, Trumans Eagle Bottled Beers and Stout, John Jameson's Pure Pot Still Whiskey, Five Ws Whisky, Marsden Cigars and Capstan Tobacco and Cigarettes'. "The photograph on the left, gives us an unusual view of Middlesbrough railway station and shows some market traders having a quiet day.
People are crossing the level crossing leading from Zetland Road towards Bridge Street in the foreground.
"In the bottom photograph, also taken around the same period, just about every form of transport of the time can be seen. There is a motorbus going to Grove Hill, a single deck tram on its way to the Transporter Bridge terminus, which had to be single deck to pass under Albert Bridge, and a horse and cart. The second Winterschladen shop I mention can be clearly seen on the corner of Albert and Zetland Road.
? If anyone can positively identify where this shop was, then please write to You Answer at the address on page 2.