There are any number of Tiesen Lap recipes; just like Bara Brith - there are as many recipes as there are families in Wales! This recipe comes from a book my cousin inherited from our Grandmother. The original was a little dry for my taste so I’ve tweaked it a few times to make it even better! It reminds me very much of a big Welsh Cake.
For the past several months I've been using duck eggs almost exclusively for baking and they really do make a huge difference. My friend tells me that it's the fat content in the yolk - whatever it is, it's well worth looking for them to try, if only once or twice.
Grease and line an 8” diameter cake tin (approx. 20cm)
You will need :
220g self raising flour
1tsp mixed spice
60g each butter and lard, cut into small pieces
90g caster sugar
120g mixed fruit (sultanas and raisins)
2 large eggs
Caster sugar for dredging
Combine the flour, spice, sugar and fats in a mixing bowl and beat together to form a breadcrumb consistency. Add the dried fruit, then the eggs and the milk and bring together to form a good thick batter.
Turn into the lined cake tin and bake in a medium oven for 35-45 minutes – until a skewer comes out clean. I cooked mine at 180oC (350oF / gas mark 4) for 45 minutes.
If you use a springform tin and cake tin cases, you can loosen the tin as soon as the cake comes out of the oven, loosen the paper slightly and dredge the still hot cake with caster sugar. Leave to cool completely before slicing and serving with a nice cup of tea!