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Baking Eccles Cakes from a 1950s Recipe

July 10, 2014

Over the last few weeks I’ve tried a few recipes from my 1954 copy of Women’s Journal. I found them in an article about traditionally English recipes and I just had to give them all a try. So far I’ve discovered that old recipes are hard to follow, especially with no pictures and very brief instructions. I’ve been really happy with the results so far though and this time I decided to try Eccles cakes.

Eccles cakes for some reason make me think of my grandma. I can remember her talking about them when we visited tea shops together, however I couldn’t really remember what they were like. Having given them a go they remind me a little of puff pastry mince pies only a little less heavy.

Once I’d figured out the recipe these were pretty straight forward to make. I used pre made puff pastry which made the whole thing much easier. Next time I’d give them a couple less minutes in the oven and I’d also try to round off the sides a bit more as it says to do in the instructions.

Despite them not looking exactly like the eccles cakes I’d spotted on Google Images they tasted absolutely delicious and I’ll definitely be making them again.

Check out the other 50s recipes I’ve tried, Sally Lunns and Derby Teacakes.

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    July 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    They look delicious 🙂

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