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Monday, 14 April 2008

Eccles Cakes - Tried Tested & True!

If I want to get on the good side of my husband, I make a batch of Eccles Cakes and pop a couple into his lunch box. They are so easy to put together, especially if you use a good, all butter puff pastry.

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I am sending these along to Equal Opportunity Kitchen, who are hosting an event called Tried, Tested and True. Eccles Cake recipes have been passed down through many generations and have been tested by millions of happy tasters. I know I can ask my husband for anything I want after making these for him!

Here is a link to the fabulous round-up.

Eccles Cakes
Adapted from Home Recipes with Be-Ro

250g (8oz) all butter puff pastry
50g (2oz) unsalted butter
100g (4oz) currants
25g (1oz) brown sugar
25g (1oz) cut mixed peel

Beaten egg or milk to glaze
Sugar to sprinkle on the tops

Melt the butter in a small glass bowl, using the microwave. Add the fruit, sugar and mixed peel. Stir with a spoon and allow to cool.

Roll out the pastry 5mm (¼") thick and cut into 11cm (4½") rounds with a plain cutter.

Place a spoonful of filling onto each round. Slightly dampen the edges with a little water and draw them together to enclose the filling. Pinch to seal the edges together.

Turn the smooth side up and gently roll them lightly with a rolling pin to flatten them.

Slash the tops with a sharp knife to show the filling, and brush with a little milk or beaten egg. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake in a hot oven, 230ºC (450º) for about 15-20 minutes.

(Printable Recipe)

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Before baking

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Maria♥ said...

Mmmm your Eccles cakes look delish ;o)


Pixie said...

Such a fabulous simple recipe- I've yet to try one for myself but hubby is now explaining them to me a bit, saying their similar to mincepie -which works fine with me!

Rosie said...

I just adore Eccles Cakes!!! I made some a while ago :) Yours look so yummy I just want to take a huge bite out of one :D

Rosie x

Nina Timm said...

I would not mind a couple of these in my lunchbox...Great recipe.

Sylvie said...

It's always good to have a recipe up one's sleeve that will make people do anything in return. I'm not a fan of Eccles Cakes, but they do look good!

Jules said...

I love Eccles cakes and your's look delicious.

Alfie said...

I love these things Nic! The photos are beautiful, as ever....I'm not surprised you can ask for anything after making these :o)

PG said...

These look good. The kind of good that would be dangerous in my house. Actually, I'm not familiar with Eccles cakes. To me, they look like a cross between a hamentaschen and Danish Butter Cookies.

Thanks for the excellent submission for Tried, Tested and True!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nic, if you ever need to get on the good side of me these would do the job perfectly, ok? ;)

Anonymous said...

Dear Nic, they look delicious! It's the first time I've heard about this kind of cakes, and they look and sound marvelous!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Lovely, I think my husband would like these too! Now what can I ask for?

Anonymous said...

The Eccles Cake - One of this Country's finest and most proud creations.

You've done us well, Nicisme!

LyB said...

I've never had an Eccles cake before but I would definitely try one of yours, they look delicious! My magic recipe is Chocolate Chip cookies, simple but it works!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Thanks for this great recipe Nic:D

Anonymous said...

You can ask him for anything you want? I'm making two batches.

Anonymous said...

Never knew what an Eccles cake was until I married a Brit! Now I wish we could buy them easily here in NYC. Love that you have a recipe for them. Maybe I'll surprise my husband?

Nic said...

Maria - thank you!

Pixie - your husband is right, but easier to make I think.

Rosie - I've looked at yours and they are fabulous!

Nina - better make some, lol!

Sylvie - I'm not much of a fan either, but you have to keep 'em sweet!

Jules - thanks.

Alfie - heh, heh - what can I ask for I wonder....!!

Psychgrad - great round-up, I'll add a link.

Patricia - I'm sure I wouldn't ever have to!

Miri - thank you, hope you try them.

Holler - lol, that's what I've been wondering too!

Graeme - thank you! And you had better watch out if anyone makes them for you, be very suspicious....

LyB - the simple ones are the best.

Valli - thank you!

Helen - you really made me laugh, thanks I needed that!

We Are Never Full - I hope you do suprise him, and don't forget to take full advangage of him!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh... I've got some left-over xmas mince filling and this looks like a great way to use it up! Your photo looks mouth-watering!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Ah, a real old English favourite - if often overlooked these days. These look perfect!

Jan said...

They look good! Great photos too.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I have heard of eccles cakes but have never made them or tasted them. :( That has to change, esp. after seeing your delicious photos.

Nic said...

Hi there Ann, thank you and that is a good idea for left-over mince meat. I think I have some lurking at the back of the fridge!!

aforkfulofspaghetti - thank you so much!

Jan, thank you my friend!

Susan - hope you do make them, 'cos they're so easy!

Abitofafoodie said...

These look sensational! I love Eccles cakes but have always assumed they were complicated to make.

Helene said...

It's been such a long time since I made any....but the last time I did, he did finish up cleaning out the yard!! They look fantastic!

Nic said...

Antonia - Thank you! And they look more complicated than they are, if you buy good pastry then they are easy.

Tartlette - he did? Wow! Now that's fantastic, lol!!

Maggie said...

I'm pleased to see that you have made these from the Be-Ro cookery book, it's gladdened my heart.
I haven't made Eccles Cakes for ages and after seeing your little beauties you've tempted me!

Jeanne said...

I have never had Eccles Cakes - they look a bit like an all-year version of mince pies! And lucky you to have found The One Dish that will make your husband do anything he's asked... :o)

Nic said...

Margaret - I love that little book, I always refer to it for the basics - it gladdens my heart too!

Jeanne - how long have you lived here? Get your self down to the nearest bakery and get some!