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  1. Jazzygal

    Fabulous and so well presented. I am favouriting this.

    I should check out that book as my granny (born circa 1900) was from The Liberties.

    xx Jazzy

  2. The Glutton

    My dad has Gur Cake and Coal Blocks and I’ve been meaning to read it for ages – you’ve just reminded me! We used to get a cake like this in London, it was one of my mum’s favourites and I wonder did it remind her of home. It was just called fruit slice – not nearly as colourful as Gur Cake :)

  3. Joanna

    As a Corkonian living in Waterford I have been laughed at for calling this Chester Cake….I was the one laughing when I heard they call it Donkey’s gudge here!

  4. Yep North-South Food has a recipe in the Guardian for a fruit/squashed fly slice. It’s similar but there are regional variations. That book is a great insight into growing up in the tenements. x

  5. Dr Hows Science Wows

    Great cake, especially loved the history.. never heard of it before, must ask my parents if they know of it! I will have to try it!

  6. CatherineAnn Minnock

    My father really enjoys these cakes, and wanted to add that in Moate, Westmeath in the 1950s, they were known as “Plum duffs”!

    Really enjoyed reading about the “gurriers”, a list should be made… I bet there’s a different neame in every county!

  7. lynbw

    Have read the two gur cake recipes you have and i am trying this one as we speak. hope it works out for this afternoons picnic. Used half breadcrumbs and raisins.

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