Cumberland Rum Nicky
Ever wondered why it’s always ‘Cumberland’ Rum Butter? There is a long-term link between Cumbria and the Caribbean. Since the British first had sugar plantations on the islands of the Caribbean, dark rum was imported through Cumbrian harbours. To this day Whitehaven still has its own Rum Shop. But it was not only the rum that entered the country this way. Spices and dates were also easily available and hence the food of Cumberland is heavily influenced by the produce of the Caribbean. Hence ‘Cumberland Rum Nicky’, a lattice-covered tart with a rich filling of butter, dates, rum, and sugar.
My Official Taster’s verdict? “Is it cool enough to eat yet?”, “Is there any more?” . “I think it’s a bit like treacle tart, but I need another slice to be sure.” So I think it is OK!