Eccles Cakes. Made these for my dad for fathers day and they turned out great! I used 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice instead of the ones suggested, did not use raisins or brandy, bought 2 peppperidge farm puff pastry sheets instead of making it from scratch, and baked them for 15 minutes at 425 rather than for 20 at 375. I made a lot of changes but they were so much easier to make this way!
Eccles Cakes: The word “Eccles” means ‘church’; it is assumed the town takes it's name after the old church built in 1111 AD. Each year a service was held at the church to celebrate its construction, it was called Eccles Wakes. Following the fair food and drink was served, including (so the story goes) Eccles Cakes. These cakes were banned in 1650 AD due to the Puritan believe that they had pagan connections.
Rye, The Royal Oak Foundation and A Recipe for Eccles Cakes
Chorley Cakes are very similar to other regional cakes such as Eccles Cakes, Banbury Cakes and Hot Cross Buns (in as much as they were a sweet pastry combined with dried fruit) and traditionally were baked for religious festivals. Chorley cakes are flattened, currant-filled cakes made with unsweetened shortcrust pastry and associated with the town of Chorley in Lancashire. Significantly less sweet than Eccles cake, and commonly eaten with butter and a slice of Lancashire cheese.
Eccles cake. This is the only Eccles recipe you'll ever need and I consider myself something of a connoisseur! My father loved an Eccles cake (clearly where I get my sweet tooth) and one of my earliest memories is of him crumbling off a small edge and handing it to me like a tiny pastry and raisin parcel! I've no idea where he bought them from, but they were the best I've ever tasted. Even if it might be an element of childish nostalgia, I definitely remember what made them so good.