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Wiltshire Lardy Cake

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  Dough 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (1/3 Quantity, Risen Plain White)
  Shortening 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Currants and raisins 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), mixed
  Allspice 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Milk 3 Tablespoon

Roll out the dough into a rectangle about 10 inches by 6 inches.
Spread two-thirds of the dough with one-third of the shortening and sprinkle with one-third of the sugar.
Fold the uncovered third of dough up and the top third down.
Seal the edges by pressing with a rolling pin.
Give a half turn to the dough and roll out as above again.
Repeat this process twice more but add the fruit and spice (if used) each time with the shortening and sugar.
Roll out and fold once more without any additions then roll to fit a 7-inch square cake pan which has been well greased with shortening.
Cover and let risein a warm place for 30 minutes.
Before baking score the top in a criss-cross pattern.
Bake in the center of a hot oven (450°F) for 25-30 minutes.
Prepare the glaze by dissolving the sugar in the milk and boiling for a few minutes until syrupy.
Brush the glaze over the hot lardy cake.
Remove cake from the pan and turn upside down.
Spoon any shortening or syrup left in pan over the cake.

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