Treacle and Ale Cake with Yellowman Honeycomb
Yellowman is a traditional Ulster honeycomb. It is associated with the Auld Lammas Fair – an annual event in Ballycastle, County Antrim. The word ‘lammas’ is Anglo-Saxon in origin (‘loaf-mass’) and is associated with a Christian festival celebrating the first wheat harvest of the year.
Treacle and Ale Cake
165 g plain flour
6 oz plain flour
- Pre-heat the oven to 180℃/350℉. Grease and line 10 inch cake tin or loaf tin with parchment paper.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder into a bowl and add the mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
- Add the oil, water, syrup, treacle and egg into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the ale and whisk again.
- Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and carefully whisk all together to a smooth batter.
- Pour into the baking tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the baking tin. Remove paper from the cake and place on a serving plate.
- Add some finely crumbled shards of honeycomb to the lightly whipped cream. Spread the cream on top of the cake.
- Sprinkle with shards of honeycomb and serve.
Honeycomb or Yellowman
100 g castor sugar
4 oz castor sugar
- Put the sugar, glucose, honey and water in a saucepan and place on a high heat (try not to stir it as this will cause the mix to crystallize).
- Cook to a golden amber liquid or 142℃ on a temperature probe.
- Add the baking soda and allow to fluff-up.
- Pour onto parchment paper (don’t use greaseproof as it will stick!)
- Allow to cool.
- Crumble into shards.