Guinness Cake

I can’t let St Patrick’s Day get too far past without a shout out to my friend Eithne. She gave me this recipe in the early 80s and I make it every year. This year I tried to find it online and discovered that it doesn’t exist there, at least not that I could find. When she gave it to me—off the top of her head, she told me— that it was a “family recipe.”

I really love this stuff. And it’s particularly good with brie cheese on it.

Recipe follows

Guinness Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

It’s best to use a scale for measuring here. I have used dry measures and it worked but if you have your scale handy and a large processor it’s a lot easier.

1 pound dried fruit chopped well. I used cherries, dates, prunes and white raisins. Anything works.

1 cup walnut pieces

12 oz Guinness (a small bottle)

Pour over fruit and let sit.

Into the bowl of a processor put:

1 lb flour

1/2 lb brown sugar

2 TB cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp salt

And then process briefly to combine.

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