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Cakes baked in a Ball Jar (Kilner Jar in the UK) can be given as unusual and yummy gifts.In the US, they are known as 'Canned Cakes.'
This spicy, moist recipe comes from Virginia, but is also good served alongside a good Cheddar, Red Leicester or Wensleydale on a cheeseboard - serve with a spoon.
X3 wide mouthed, 1 pint / 1/2 litre bottling jars (such as Kilner)
Unflavoured oil (e.g. sunflower) for 'greasing' the jars
1 1/2 cups of applesauce or stewed, pureed apple (unsweetened if you like things a little less sweet)
1 heaped tsps baking soda (bicarb)
1/2 cup butter or margerine
1 1/4 cups golden caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 3/4 cups self-raising flour (wholemeal is good)
Set oven to 170C / 150C Fan / Gas mark 3. Grease the jars.
Heat up the applesauce until almost boiling, place in a large bowl and stir in - it will fizz dramatically - don't worry! Cream together the butter, sugar and spices, add the applesauce mixture. Then add the raisins, nuts and sifted flour, and stir until just mixed.
Divide equally between the jars - don't overfill. Wipe rims clean, bake on a baking sheet for 45 mins. Remove from oven and seal immediately with sterilized lids.
Unopened, cake should last for about 3 months, but please throw away if it looks spoiled in any way!
Vintage American cup and spoon measurers, jars and the cakes themselves all available from time-to-time at The Old Home Store.