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Eccles Cakes  Veg  CD    CBF  English    30mins


A traditional English Eccles cake recipe.   


History of Eccles Cakes



Makes 12      Cold  Vegetarian  Dried Fruit  Pastries baked fayre  teatime  England British Europe




25g/1oz Butter or Margarine

25g/1oz Soft Brown Sugar

50g/2oz Currants

375g/13oz Puff Pastry

1 Egg White, lightly beaten

25g/1oz Caster Sugar




1. Preheat the oven to 230C, 450F, Gas Mark 8, and lightly grease 2-3 baking trays.


2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar then add the currants and mix well.


3. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface to approximately 6mm/1/4 inch then cut into 12 circles using a biscuit cutter.


4. Place a  teaspoon spoon of the filling in the centre of each pastry circle, dampen the edges with water then pull the edges together and pinch to seal.


5. Turn the eccles cakes over (sealed sides down) and roll flat until the fruit can just be seen through the pastry.


6. Brush with lightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with the caster sugar.  Make 3 small diagonal cuts in the surface of each with a sharp knife, transfer to baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire tray to cool.


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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


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Wire Rack


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