Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

High tea was a hearty farmhouse meal that began with cold meats or pies with salad and bread and butter and progressed through scones, teabread and jelly or trifle to finish up with a rich fruit-filled cake.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Set oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit or Mark 3.
  2. Place the butter, syrup, fruit, lemon rind and milk in a saucepan and heat until the butter is melted. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring gently. Allow to cool.
  3. Sieve together the flour, salt and spices into a bowl and make a well in the center.
  4. Beat the eggs lightly together, pour into the well, but do not stir in just yet.
  5. Add the soda to the butter mixture; pour into the well over the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  6. Turn into a 7 or 8 inch cake tin lined with buttered greaseproof paper and smooth over the top.
  7. Bake for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, covering the top with kitchen foil if it appears to be browning too quickly.
  8. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack.
  9. Remove the paper when the cake is cold.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a