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Winter Roots Cake from Yorkshire

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  • 300 g grated carrots (or a mix of carrots and/or parsnips, an apple, squash)
  • 140 g sultanas (or mix of sultanas, raisins and currants)
  • 4 clementines or 2 oranges (zest and juice; and zest of lemon if you like)
  • Pinch of salt 12 g mixed spice (two heaped teaspoons)
  • 5 g bicarbonate of soda (1 teasp)/li>
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 g self-raising flour
  • 300 g soft brown sugar
  • 5 g ginger or nutmeg (or mix of both)
  • 200 g melted butter
  • 200 g icing sugar (if liked)


Pre-heat oven to 180c/ 160 fan/ gas 4. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm baking tray

  • 1. Microwave sultanas in a bowl with the zest and juice from the clementines and/or oranges for 2 minutes
  • 2. Mix dry ingredients together
  • 3. Mix cooled melted butter with beaten eggs, sultanas and juice into dry ingredients
  • 4. Add grated parsnip mix
  • 5. Pour into baking tray
  • 6. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool in tray. Then put on rack.
  • 7. Mix icing sugar with juice from a clementine, or orange or lemon
  • 8. Pour over cake. Dust caster sugar or crushed sugar cubes
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