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Apple Crumble Smoky {Dark Chocolate} Porter Cake
By Farmette, Imen McDonnell

Porter cake is a tradition in Ireland that started when it occurred to someone that a porter would make a lovely addition to the dark, robust flavour of the popular fruit cake. Since we aren’t crazy for the fruity part of Irish fruit cakes in this house, I kept the mixed spice, but left out the fruit and added some dark, dark chocolate. The end result is a rich, velvety, smoky chocolate cake that evenly carries the porter flavour throughout.

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