Lardy cake, Lardy Bread, Lardy Johns or dough cake is the perfect afternoon snack that really satisfies all the after-dinner sugar cravings.
A cup of tea or coffee really balances out the equation. It first originated in Southern England and was commonly enjoyed in Sussex, Wiltshire, Hampshire, and Dorset, made of lard, flour, sugar, spice, currants and raisins. Perfect combination!
Can You Freeze Lardy Cake?
Yes. You sure can!
In fact, freezing Lardy cake is one of the easiest things ever. You can either freeze the whole cake or cut it into slices and freeze.
Lardy cake is best eaten freshly baked. However, it is very enjoyable when eaten cold as well.
How to freeze Lardy cake
You can only freeze Lardy cake once it is actually baked. Don’t attempt to freeze the batter itself. Now, you can either freeze leftover Lardy cake or freshly baked one once it is cool enough.
Here are the steps you need to follow to successfully freeze your Lardy cake:
Start by baking your Lardy cake as normal as you usually would.
- Allow it to cool:
Wait for the cake to cool enough to at least room temperature before you attempt to place it in the freezer. If you immediately transfer the cake from the oven to the freezer, you will have yourself a soggy, not-so-good Lardy cake.
- Cut if desired:
Cut the cake into slices before freezing it, if you are planning to eat it in portions.
Make sure the cake slices are well wrapped in cling film or tin foil from every side before you place them in the freezer so that they don’t get freezer burnt.
Once the cake is well wrapped with cling film, place the wrapped cake inside a freezer-friendly container to make sure it is well protected.
Place the container in the freezer once it is tightly sealed and allow it to freeze.
How long can you keep lardy cake?
It can last in the freezer for up to 6 months and only one day without freezing.
3 Tips for Freezing Lardy Cake
Here are all the best tips you will need to guarantee a successful freezing of your Lardy cake:
- Label carefully and clearly:
Make sure that the container containing the Lardy cake is labeled with the date of freezing and contents of the container so that you can easily distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.
- Freeze as fresh as possible:
Although you can freeze leftover Lardy cake, yet, it is always better to freeze it when it is still fresh.
- Double wrap:
Double wrapping your Lardy cake can substitute placing the wrapped cake inside a container, in case you don’t want it to take up too much space in the freezer.
How to defrost Lardy cake
I prefer to just transfer the cake from the freezer to the fridge and place it on the top shelf. This way, it will defrost slowly and successfully. Cover it with a paper towel to absorb all the excess moisture that it will release.
Does Lardy Cake Freeze Well?
Yes. It freezes really well and retains its perfect taste and texture. This made my life so much easier as I usually just make my lardy cake ahead of any part of a family gathering and freeze it till the day of the event, where I just take it out of the freezer and simply reheat it.
Can You Refreeze Lardy Cake?
Generally speaking, I wouldn’t really recommend that. Refreezing Lardy cake can potentially cause the loss of the signature fluffy and soft texture of the Lardy cake.
However, a good tip is to just slice up your cake and freeze it as such after wrapping each individual slice so that you can take each slice separately out of the freezer.
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