Eccles cakes

You can't beat a gossip over a cuppa, so why not tempt friends round to yours with some tasty teatime classics?

Ingredients for 8-10 cakes

• 375g ready-rolled puff pastry

• 25g unsalted butter, softened

• 75g mixed dried fruit, including currants and chopped apricots

• 25g soft, dark brown sugar

• 1tsp mixed spice

• finely grated rind of 1/2 a lemon

• 1 egg white, beaten

• caster sugar, for sprinkling 

Directions

1) Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to make it a little thinner.

2) Cut out rounds measuring about 9cm using a teacup saucer as a guide.

3) Next, beat the butter until really light and fluffy, then add the fruit, sugar, spice and grated lemon rind.

4) Divide the mixture between the pastry rounds, piling it in the middle. Gather up the pastry around the filling and press together to seal.

5) Turn over and roll out to flatten, being careful not to split the cake open. Make a few slashes in the top with a sharp knife to let the steam escape, then brush each cake with a little egg white and sprinkle generously with caster sugar.

6) Bake at gas mark 6/200ºC/400ºF for 20 minutes until puffed up and brown. Best eaten slightly warm.

Reading now

Popular