This dense, rustic fruitcake is inspired by a long-forgotten baking tradition-the offering of honey cakes to the goddesses of old. For hundreds of years across North Western Europe, the night we now know as Christmas Eve, was once called Mothers Night. The Mothers or Matrones were revered female deities and from the 1st to 6th century their night kicked off the celebrations of Yule with plenty of revelries, feasting -and yes, plenty of honey cakes! Not a typical fruit or spice cake, it is made with the herbs, fruits and nuts that would have been available at the time.
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