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24 06, 2017

Cornish Hevva Cake Recipe

By | June 24th, 2017|A Cornish Summer, Cornish Recipe, Fine Bone China, Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round, Rame Head|0 Comments

Cornish Hevva Cake

We are not just famous for our pasties!!

If you are holidaying in Cornwall this year, as well as sampling the occasional pasty, be sure to look out for some Hevva Cake….. (if you live too far away… never fear, you’ll find the recipe below)!

I recently visited Krowji, Cornwall’s largest creative hub, based in Redruth, for Open Studios and took the opportunity to nip over to Portreath Bakery to sample some of their famous Hevva Cake… a beautiful Cornish fruit cake. Traditionally, so the story goes, made by the Pilchard huers when they returned home from work. It was the huers’ job to keep look out, on cliffs and in huer’s huts, for shoals of pilchards. They would shout ‘Hevva’, ‘Hevva’ when they saw the sea bubbling with fish. This then helped the fishermen to locate the perfect spot to cast their nets. Legend has it, after all that shouting, they would nip home and bake a bit of Hevva cake (like you do!) in readiness for the crews’ return. The cakes are about 1/2″ thick, with a criss-cross pattern scored across the top, to represent the fishing nets.

The 19th Century, Grade II-listed Huer's Hut on the Towan headland, Newquay

The 19th Century, Grade II-listed Huer’s Hut on the Towan headland, Newquay

Marion from The Portreath Bakery recently shared her recipe with Cornwall Today Magazine, so I thought I’d have a go! I remember my Mum making it, and it being one of my Dad’s favourites, but up until now, I’ve yet to give it a try. The addition of a pinch of saffron is optional but adds a nice Cornish twist! Also, don’t forget a liberal sprinkling of sugar on the warm cake once out of the oven. I brushed a little milk onto the warm cake first to help it stick!

Cornish Hevva Cake Recipe

Stirring the fruit into the butter and flour

Cornish Hevva Cake Recipe

Ingredients: (makes 1 thin cake)

175g plain flour
1/4tsp fine salt
1-2tsp ground ginger, cinnamon or mace, or a combination, to taste (optional)
40g granulated sugar
40g each of unsalted butter and lard (or 80g butter, if you prefer)
75g currants
25-50g chopped mixed peel (optional)
About 2tbsp milk or water

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2) Mix the flour, salt, spices (if using) and sugar together. Rub in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the other ingredients, including just enough milk or water to make a stiff dough.
3) On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1cm thick and in a rough oval shape. Carefully lift on to the baking sheet. Make a criss-cross pattern on the top with a sharp knife.
4) Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, until golden (it won’t rise very much). Serve warm, or allow to cool then store in an airtight container.

Helen Round cornish hevva cake recipe

I must say, I’m quite pleased with my hevva cake making results…Megan, our lovely apprentice, rather liked it too!

Helen Round Cornish delicious hevva cake recipe

Mugs, napkins and hevva cake by Helen Round

Enjoyed with a nice cup of Cornish tea in our lovely bone china mugs

bone china mugs from Cornwall by Helen Round

Linen napkins by Helen Round

 Linen apron dress by Helen Round

 

 

21 06, 2017

Linen Aprons For Somerset Rural Life Museum

By | June 21st, 2017|Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round, Made In Cornwall|0 Comments

I am a museum lover! So much so that when my children were little, they threatened never to come on holiday with me again if we had to go to Museums and Art Galleries….of course, they are older now and thank me for their cultural education… and love to visit both!! I can’t wait until the day when they start taking their children to museums!!

Earlier this year we received a telephone call from Robin Savill, the Visitor Services Manager, at the Somerset Rural Life Museum telling us all about the fabulous redevelopment that the museum was currently undergoing. Due to open its door on June 3rd 2017, he needed ‘uniform’ for his newly appointed staff and asked if we would make linen aprons for them all.

The Museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history and provides a family-friendly destination which has learning, access and discovery at its heart. Based in Glastonbury, visitors will be able to explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county’s heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts. Well worth a visit…. and my children are keen to go with me!!

Museum staff wearing their linen aprons!

Printing the pockets for the linen aprons using traditional silk screen printing techniques

Having the opportunity to make a bespoke product is always an exciting challenge. Collaboration with other businesses is something which we all really enjoy here in the studio and it’s great to see the print coming off the screen for the first time, to experiment with the print placement and then make up the aprons. Even better to see the museum staff wearing them!!

The museum is now open to visitors and if you manage to visit, do let us know what you think!