Nuremburg Spice Squares

Pour the mixture into the prepared mould. Cut out a circle of aluminium foil 4-inches wider in diameter than the rim of the mould. Make a 1-inch pleat across the centre of the circle and place the foil over the rim of the mould. With a piece of string, securely tie the foil circle around the rim of the mould.

Half fill a large saucepan with boiling water. Place the mould in the saucepan. Cover the pan and steam the pudding for 1 -2 to 2 hours over low heat, or until it is well risen and just firm to the touch. Add more water to the pan as it evaporates.

Remove the saucepan from the heat. Take out the mould and remove the aluminium foil. Run a knife around the edge of the mould. Place a serving dish, inverted, over the top of the mould. Reverse the two and give a slight shake. The pudding should slide out easily. Serve immediatelv.

This is a variation of a traditional German cake (Lebkuchen) which is very similar to Gingerbread. Serve these delicious spicy squares with unsalted butter.

1 teaspoon butter

12 oz. flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon :½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 large eggs

6 oz. soft brown sugar

6 fl. oz. clear honey

Preheat the oven to moderate 350 F (Gas Mark 4, 180 C). Using the teaspoon of butter, grease a 9-inch square baking tin.

Set aside.

Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, spices and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and honey together with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are well combined. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the sugar and honey mixture. Mix the ingredients together until all the flour is incorporated and the batter is smooth.

Turn the batter into the prepared tin and smooth it down with a flat-bladed knife.

Place the tin in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Remove the tin from the oven and set the cake aside to cool completely before cutting into approximately U-inch squares and serving.

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