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Regional Cake-athon
Tue 11-Mar-14
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Terrier said
They are gorgeous, or maybe try Eccles cakes?

I've just noticed that Eccles Cakes are mentioned in the 'what are you baking' thread. Once I've got to 'Z' I will start again and do the 'spares' and do the other recipes which made it to the shortlist.

 

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Sat 15-Mar-14
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So what have you planned for f.

finnan haddock quiche? - would that count as baking?

Sat 15-Mar-14
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Florentines perhaps .......

 

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Sun 16-Mar-14
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French fancies? - does it need to be a uk recipe

 

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I like both florentines and french fancies but never thought of doing them. I might try one at the end when I intend to do some of the recipes which didnt make the list.

I ended up doing a spiced loaf from felton in northumberland - the recipe is on my blog.

For the letter g I plan to do goosenarg cakes/biscuits, which are a type of shortbread.

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Sun 6-Apr-14
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I did the Goosnarg Cakes earlier today:

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They are a bit like a shortbread but flavoured with caraway seeds.

For the letter H, I might try Hertfordshire Pope Lady Cakes. There are a couple of different versions of these but I think I'll do the sweet spiced yeast bun version instead of the one which uses ridiculous amounts of egg white.

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Sun 13-Apr-14
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How on earth do you find some of these recipes.

Sun 13-Apr-14
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I spent a lot of time looking through lists of cakes and puddings, and if I couldn't find anything I did various google searches with place names and the word 'cake' or 'pudding'. I also downloaded some ebook copies of vintage recipe books which helped with some recipes.

Today I did 'Hertfordshire Pope Lady Cakes' - I'll try to get a photo uploaded soon but they came out shaped more like owls than people! I can't remember how or where I found this recipe

 

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Mon 14-Apr-14
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According to this site;

'British Popular Customs' by Rev TF Thiselton-Dyer, of 1900 has; "At St. Alban's certain buns called "Pope Ladies" are sold on Lady Day, their origin being attributed by some to the following story: - A noble lady and her attendants were travelling on the road to St. Alban's (the great North road passes through this town), when they were benighted and lost their way. Lights in the clock-tower at the top of the hill enabled them at length to reach the monastery in safety, and the lady in gratitude gave a sum of money to provide an annual distribution on Lady Day of cakes, in the shape of ladies, to the poor of the neighbourhood. As this bounty was distributed by the monks, the "Pope Ladies" probably thus acquired their name.

Nice story!

It seems to be associated with St Albans.

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Here's a photo of my 'fat lady cakes' or possibly 'owl cakes'...

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Tue 15-Apr-14
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See what you mean, Mike  big_laugh .

Owl? Or a chick ! laugh

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Although there are several websites which have recipes, none of them have pictures so I have no idea whether mine look anything like the originals. It doesn't really matter though, since I'm only doing this for a bit of fun.

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Tue 15-Apr-14
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Mike, I found another site which describes the shape a little bit:

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces (more or less).  You can roll the pieces into balls if it will make life easier. Take one piece/ball and divide it in half.  Flatten one of the halves and shape into an oval (or a body shape) for the body.  Take the other half and divide it in half again.  Roll one of the halves into a ball and attach it to the body for a head.  Pinch off a tiny bit of the remaining half and roll into a ball to make a nose (attach it to the face).  Roll the remaining half into a cylinder about 4 inches long (these are the arms); cut in half and attach to the body, then cross the arms over the body.

So, it appears the lady has a nose and arms ..... whistle

It is quite interesting that there seems to be no images of what they should look like! ponder

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ooh, cheers, I hadn't seen that site. It says about crossing the arms over, which I'm sure the other sites don't mention.

I can't be the only person, since the invention of the Internet, to actually bake these cakes. I am surprised that there don't seem to be any photos anywhere, at least none that I can find!

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Wed 16-Apr-14
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You're right, Mike, there seems to be no actual pictures of them. Very strange.

I thought this recipe link for pope lady cakes was a little excessive - 16 egg whites ..?? eeek

I did find a page with regional British foods, here, but again, without the letters J, Q, U, V, X & Z.

Oh, and by the way, I found a recipe for Java cake (there is a place called Java in Argyll & Bute, Danuta may know of it) though not sure where the name of the cake came from. (Looks a bit yummy more-ish .. i_am_hungry whistle)

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