Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Suffolk Fourses Cake plus Marmalade

 When I was looking through my books for the 1st September folklore post I came across the recipe for Suffolk Fourses Cake. Not something that was a regular for baking in my Suffolk kitchen - because I'd never heard of it except in this book.

Although Fourses is a Suffolk word I knew............ it's  the afternoon version of Elevenses ....so I thought I'd better set to and make this. It's from the recipe in the book Cattern Cakes and Lace.

"A traditional lardy bread, served to Suffolk harvesters in the afternoons with sweetened beer. Rich and full of calories, they were welcome after back-breaking toil"


(How real the corn looks - but it's just a photo in the book! Cattern Cakes and Lace by Julia Jones and Barbara Deer Published in 1987)

 I used half the recipe. It's a cross between bread and cake and I think it should have risen a bit more. I'm eating my way through it - spread with butter. Very solid and filling! would have been perfect for farm-workers.

Time to cook up another batch of Marmalade. This time I used a tin of prepared oranges and a tin of  pineapple in juice which is an idea from the WI book of preserves.
2 for the hampers and the rest tucked away for winter. With the closure of the Lakeland Ipswich shop there's now nowhere to easily and cheaply buy the tins of prepared lemons for marmalade, which is a shame........ so it will be variations on orange from now on.....orange and grapefruit, orange and ginger, orange and whisky as well as the pineapple and orange on it's own of course.
 


Back Tomorrow
Sue

23 comments:

  1. I haven't made marmalade for several years, now you've made me want to do it again! Husband adores homemade marmalade, and I need something to do during the months when we won't be at the caravan...

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    1. I like all the variations using a tin - makes it more interesting

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  2. I had never made marmalade and then in the first lockdown I had the urge to. I managed to get hold of a tin of mamade and eldest Daughter and I had a very relaxing morning making it. Since then I've made chutney and piccalilli. Now I've got to wait for it all to be eaten before I have a go at anything else!

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    1. I want to make some red onion sweet chutney but keep putting it off because even with a food processor I'll be in tears after a few minutes

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  3. What a good idea to add pineapple. Very clever.
    xx

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  4. Lemon hasn’t been available for years in the shops I go to which is a shame.

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  5. What a shame the Ipswich Lakeland has closed :( I used to love wandering around the Ancient House. What has happened to the building?

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    1. Standing empty I guess although I've not been to look.Most of the Buttermarket is empty buildings - so sad

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    2. Standing empty and looking very sad for itself, such a shame. I was disappointed when Lakeland left, both for them not being there & for The Ancient House.

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  6. Lakeland still sell it. £4.49 a tin. Delivery is £3.50. If you could share some cans with friends/family, it might be worth buying several?

    We're not marmalade eaters in our house, but I've made Mamade up in the past to give as gifts.

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    1. Yes I looked online and thought - Good Grief! Too expensive!

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  7. In Australia marmalade is made from fresh citrus, usually in the winter when it's in season. I have never heard of the tinned ingredient! We've never seen the 'pie pumpkin' that I've seen Americans mention also. Pumpkin pie is just made from cooked up pumpkin! Interesting isn't it.

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    1. If only we could grow oranges and lemons in England!!

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  8. 'Fourses' ... alongside elevenses, now THAT is a very good plan for Winter eating. Time to bring out the big baggy woolly pullys methinks.

    I used to order the prepared marmalade mixes from Lakeland online in batches of four or six whenever I needed to stock up on other things as well, but the order minimum for free delivery has now gone up to £45 so now it will work out cheaper to buy through Amazon where I get free delivery.

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  9. Hi Sue, Sorry to hear that Lakeland in Ipswich is closed, hope the Ancient House isn't empty for long. A wonderful building. I think the council own it don't they?

    I have been in Suffolk for a few days, to attend a funeral and got caught up in the fuel thing, but thank goodness I was able to get fuel from Asda at Whitehouse.

    I get my homemade marmalade when I visit churches. Quite often they have some for sale, jam too.

    I got that message above from 'sulis' too, very odd, I just deleted it.

    Take care
    Hilary

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  10. Hello from the USA (North Carolina)! What are "prepared oranges" for use in making marmalade? Thank you.

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  11. You've taught me something new again. I've never heard of Fourses or Elevenses. Marmalade made with pineapple sounds delicious!

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  12. Hmmm, I am going to have to look up marmalade recipes using tinned items. That sounds like it could save loads of time.

    God bless.

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  13. Your cake and jam looks delicious. Homemade is truly best tasting. I do not like all the preservatives in store bought. Farm fresh is also wonderful.

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  14. Amazon sell the prepared lemon withbut it is not the Made one so I don't know if it is as goob

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