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Cornish Feasts & Festivals: Recipe

So here’s a cake which uses two of the best things you can find in the woods at this time of year.

A Forager’s Cake

Prepared 8″ spring form cake tin. Oven 180c
Cream the butter and sugar in the usual way, then add the eggs little by little, mix the nuts, flour and BP then fold into the batter. Fold in the blackberries last of all and put into the tin. Bake for about 45 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Serve with yoghurt and blackberry compote. This is a delicious cake – and it makes a small amount of nuts and blackberries go a long way.

‘Her chariot is an empty hazelnut,
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love. . . .’
A description of Queen Mab from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ( William Shakespeare 1564-