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Made with a few simple ingredients a love cake would be made when a girl was courting. It would show her suitor that she could cook and therefore be able to look after him when they tied the knot.
Pre heat the oven to 200c gas 6
Mix together the flour, cornflour with the salt. Using your fingertips rub in the lard and butter. Stir in the sugar. Gradually add the milk until a soft dough is formed, you may not need to use all the milk.
Lightly knead on a floured surface until a smooth dough is formed, this won’t take long.
Roll out the dough to a rectangle measuring 50 x 20cm. Spread the jam over the dough.
Roll the dough from the longest side as if rolling a Swiss roll. Bring the ends together forming the roll into a heart shape. Stick the ends together using a little milk. Press the middle of the top to form a curve and the two ends stuck together form the v of the heart.
Make small incisions over the surface of the heart shape. Brush the top with milk.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden and the base is cooked through.
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