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Teisen Lap

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Serves 6

Teisen Lap (cake on a plate) is a shallow moist cake - cooked on a plate!

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  • 8 oz plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 4 oz margarine (a mixture of lard and butter was traditionally used)
  • 7 oz sugar
  • 8 oz currants
  • 3 eggs
  • Milk


    1. Pre-heat the oven 180oC, gas mark 4. Grease and flour a shallow 9” tin.
    2. Sieve together the flour, baking powder and nutmeg.
    3. Add the sugar and fruit. Add the beaten eggs and mix well. You want a soft, dropping consistency so add as much milk as is needed.
    4. Put the mixture in the tin and cook for 20 minutes before lowering the temperature to 170oC, gas mark 3, for another 40 minutes or until firm.
    5. Cool, remove from tin and sprinkle with sugar. Store in an airtight container.

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28th Oct, 2012
Regarding the missing margarine, when I make Teisen Lap I rub the butter/margarine into the flour as the first step, then add the other dry ingredients.
29th Jan, 2012
Having read the recipe, I have the same observation as "clairemrs", at what point in the method do you use the margarine/butter,lard????
31st Jan, 2011
You have 4oz of margarine in the ingredients but you do not use it in the method why ?
6th Apr, 2008
It my Nan's Recipe , but I have used a 6 inch by 12 inch aprox toffee tin, I think you will have to experiment a little, I was lucky to get the recipe out of her she never used a scale or anything to measure ingredients. Sorry I cant be more specific. Hope you enjoyed the Boiled cake I made some after easter and made them in loaf tins - hence the photo. More convenient for taking to our caravan in aberystwyth!
22nd Mar, 2008
hi, ian,first thank you for the boiled fruit cake, have heard about it but never found the recipe, second please explain the size of the teisen lap plate !!is it a flat metal plate ie 9" pie dish? nina thank you
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