Eccles cake

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Eccles cake
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A freshly baked Eccles cake
Origin
Alternative name(s) Squashed Fly Cake, Fly Cake, Fly Pie
Place of origin England
Region or state Eccles, Greater Manchester
Details
Type Cake
Main ingredient(s) Flaky pastry, butter, currants

An Eccles cake, sometimes also called Squashed Fly cake is a small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter, sometimes topped with demerara sugar.

Name and origin

Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes on a commercial basis, which he sold from his shop at the corner of Vicarage Road and St Mary's Road (now known as Church Street) in the town centre, in 1793.[1]

Eccles cakes do not have Protected Geographical Status, so may be manufactured anywhere and still labelled as "Eccles" cakes.[2]

Similar pastries

A Chorley cake (left) and an Eccles cake (right)

The Chorley cake (from Chorley in Lancashire) is flatter, made with shortcrust pastry rather than flaky pastry and is devoid of sugar topping.[3]

The Blackburn cake is similarly named for the city of Blackburn, using stewed apples in place of currants.[4]

The Banbury cake is an oval cake from Banbury.[5]

Fire hazard

UK fire brigades have reported fires started by Eccles cakes overcooked in microwave ovens. The sugar contained in the cakes is alleged to be flammable.[6]

References

  1. "The history behind (and recipe for) Eccles Cakes". Salford City Council. Retrieved 2007-04-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Smith, Lewis (18 March 2011). "Cumberland sausage wins protection". The Independent. London. Retrieved 6 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Chorley Cakes and Lancashire Cheese" (PDF). Visit Lancashire. Retrieved 16 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Wilson, Sean (2012). the Great Northern Cookbook. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-4447-6113-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Little, Brian (2003). Banbury: A History. Phillimore & Co. p. 27. ISBN 1-86077-242-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Webb, Sam (23 May 2013). "Fire brigade issue warning after rise in kitchen blazes caused by overheating Eccles Cakes". The Daily Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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