Newest Review: ... had just come out of the oven so I thought why not give these a try. Since then I have been back for two other batches, telling myself ... more
A delicious snack
Member Name: caz-3124
Advantages: Some are very generous with fruit
Disadvantages: Some aren't
I originally came across these when my Mum brought them home from the butchers one day about ten years ago. Yes the butchers. These were the days when you still had a local butcher instead of everybody going to the supermarket and it was always very busy in there. Along with all the meat the butcher sold a few other random items including eccles cakes.
Eccles cakes are named after an English town called Eccles which is in Salford and they have been around since the late eighteenth century. They are little round pastry cakes which are filled with currants. You can heat them up but I always have mine cold with a glass of milk.
I have had these in two different versions. The ones my Mum bought home from the butchers all those years ago and can still be bought in the supermarkets today are called Real Lancashire Eccles cakes and costs about £1.40 for four cakes so they aren't cheap by any means. They are quite small about 6cm in diameter. The pastry is really tasty and as they state on the packaging uses real butter to make them so it is very soft and flaky and not at all dry which I hate in pastries when it's so dry you need to go and get a drink. They are a lovely colour too, a rich golden. The currants inside are fantastic, incredibly moist and really flavoursome and they aren't stingy with the fruit, they really pack it in. I really love these and though they probably aren't good for you, they are one of my favourite snacks because they're just tasty all the way through.
The other variety I have tried is one from the bakery chain Wenzels. These cost about 50p each. They were about twice the size of the Lancashire one which was nice. The pastry they use is quite different. It was dry and crispy which I am not so keen on. The fruit inside was nice, but it was not as moist as I like, nor was the flavour so evident and considering the size of the cake I felt there really could have been more filling.
So yes I love these cakes. I know they have an old-fashioned reputation but just like fairy cakes it doesn't mean they're not yummy. If you do want to try these I would certainly recommend the Lancashire Eccles Cakes. Top stuff!
Summary: Look out for Lancashire Eccles Cakes