Courting Cake

This is a real summer treat and a good way of using up slightly bruised or over-ripe strawberries or making just a few go further. It was originally made in…

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Half Pound Cake

So named because the main items are added in 225 g (8 oz) quantities, this is a version of old Englishplum cake, although no plums or prunes were ever used.

English Eccles Cakes

Baked originally at Eccles in Lancashire, but now available countrywide, these cakes are pastries with a sweet spicy mixture enclosed in a puff pastry case. They should have a shiny…

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Somerset Apple Cake

Both Somerset and Dorset lay claim to this deliciously moist cake which is equally good served with cream and eaten warm as a pudding. It is best consumed within two…

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English Vinegar Cake

This fruit cake recipe is lighter and less rich than those made with eggs because the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar act as raising agents. When cooked, the vinegar loses…

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Twelfth Night Cake

Twelfth night was celebrated, in some places, with far more feasting and festivity than Christmas itself. Traditionally, a special cake containing a dried bean was served, and whoever found it…

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Westmorland Pepper Cake

If you’ve never tried adding pepper to a sweet dish before now you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its effect. It adds unusual spiciness to what is otherwise a fairly standard…

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English Apple Charlotte

There is much doubt surrounding the origin of the name ‘charlotte . Meat dishes called ‘charlets’ were around in the 15th century, but some say that the sweet dish took…

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Honey Cake

The Greeks were very fond of honey, and believed that they would have a longer, healthier life if they ate it; the Romans, too, ate honey cake. By the 18th…

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Dundee Cake

A classic rich and buttery fruit cake, with a characteristic pattern of blanched almonds on top, named after the town where it originated. Dundee was famous first and foremost for…

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St James’s Cake

Tarta De Santiago Named after the patron saint of Spain, this cake is common in Galicia, where there is a shrine to St James (lago) in Santiago de Compostella. It…

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