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Jaqueline Freitas, Category: Recipes,
Bolo de Mel

The Madeira Honey Cake is one of the most traditional delicacies of Madeiran gastronomy.

It is made with honey from local sugar cane and it can be preserved and eaten even weeks after being made.

Madeira Honey Cake is traditionally linked to Christmas. Usually it’s prepared on December 8, the day of Nossa Senhora da Conceição however, it can be found in shops all year round.

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  • 1 kg Flour
  • 500 gr Sugar
  • 1/4 Lard (Melted pork fat)
  • 1/4 Butter
  • 1 Litre of Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup of Cider 
  • 1/4 cup of Almond
  • 1/4 cup of Raisins
  • 1/2 Cup of milk
  • 1 packet of sodium carbonate (2 tablespoons and a half)
  • 500 grs whole walnuts
  • 10 grams of fennel
  • 10 grams of cloves of India
  • 10 gr of nutmeg

How to make the Honey Cake?

Put the honey, the butter and the lard in a pan to melt.

Allow to cool.

Mix the flour, sugar, spices and soda in a bowl.

Meanwhile, heat the milk until warm and add to the bowl to make it easier to mix.

Add the eggs and stir well.

Finally add the warm honey and remaining ingredients and mix them all together.

Before baking, add the chopped nuts to the top of the cake, then place it in the oven at 180º for 35 minutes.