Friday, December 30, 2011

Eccles Cakes

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A lovely teatime treat to have is a Eccles cake. They aren't cakes really though, more like a pastry. I made mine with docked puff pastry. Cut circles of desired size and make matches of two. The bottom layer gets rolled and the edge brushed with an egg wash. Place a dollop of filling in the middle (I used my mincemeat, some of the ingredients are hard to find stateside). Place another unrolled circle on top and roll up the edges.

Turn over and place on a well of flour and using a fork seal the edges. cut vents. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a 400 deg. oven for 15 minutes, or until golden.

Eccles cakes are named after the English town Eccles. They are not geographically protected, the cakes can be made and called Eccles cakes even if they are made elsewhere. Another name for them is Fly's Graveyard.....I prefer the former name, don't you? Shudder! Eccles cakes are similar to Chorley cakes, Currant Squares, or Banbury cakes. There is a biscuit that has the same ingredients called, Garabaldi bicuits.

Here is the entry for Eccles cakes in the British baking book:

You can make mini versions of the cakes, as well.

Happy New year!


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