Irish Porter Cake

First of all, I’d like to wish all my readers (that is assuming I have more than one…) a very Happy St. Patricks Day. I just couldn’t let the day go by without marking it in some way with a recipe now could I?! (I had intended to post this first thing this morning but everything was going against me today!)

While clearing my house of junk a couple of weeks ago (that task is still ongoing by the way) I came across a recipe for an Irish Porter Cake that a friend had given me a few years ago. I remember at the time I had a couple of cans of Guinness in the house that I wanted to use up but himself was refusing to drink them as he reckons it doesn’t taste the same out of a can and this was a great way of using it up. Anyway I’ll stop waffling now, here’s the recipe!

What you need:

225g margarine

225g brown sugar

275ml (1/2 pt) stout (this time I used Beamish)

675g mixed dried fruit

125g peel

575g plain flour

1/2 level tsp bread soda

1 tsp mixed spice

1tsp nutmeg

3 eggs

Tin: 9″ round or 8″ square, lined.

Method:

Preheat oven to 180c.

Place the margarine, sugar and stout in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the margarine has melted. Add the mixed fruit and peel. Simmer ofver a low heat for 3-5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool to luke warm.

Sieve the flour, bread soda and spices into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre.

Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add with the cooled fruit mixture to the flour.

Stir quickly together mixing well.

Turn into the prepared tin and smooth the top.

Bake in a pre heated oven for 1½ – 2 hours approx (recipe says approx, it took mine an extra 15 mins or so this morning)

Test with a skewer, if the skewer comes out clean the cake is cooked. Leave in the tin to cool. Turn out, remove the paper, wrap in greaseproof paper and store in an airtight tin.

6 comments

  1. nessa robins says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    A porter cake is something very handy to have in the press as it lasts for ages. I have been meaning to make one for ages so I will try out your recipe tomorrow!
    Thanks for sharing. Nessa.

  2. Briona says:

    this is the best porter cake i make 1lb loaf tins out of the mixture and give as presents at xmas time goes down really well !!!

  3. Jackie says:

    For years, my husband has been wanting me to make a porter cake like his mother used to make in the West of Ireland about 40 years ago, or more; I think I’ve found the recipe – I’ll let you know.

  4. Finola says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I haven’t tried it yet but I gave been looking off a porter cake recipe where you heat the stout. Very few recipes do that. I used to make porter cakes many years ago with my mom and adore them,,,,we lost the recipe so I think this one could be a winner…

    Thank you again!
    Finola

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