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Lardy cake

A traditional cake, probably originating in Dorset, made of bread dough, interleaved with lard, sugar and dried fruit. Versions occur in all pork producing counties - such as Suffolk & Wiltshire.

It was originally a cake for celebrations, such as the harvest festival; but as the price of dried fruit came down, it became a more everyday item. For a recipe, see Gourmet Britain Recipe section.

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