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Quick and Easy Eccles Cakes

There are many Afternoon Tea recipes that are quick and easy to make, including these lovely Eccles Cakes.  Not really a cake, but a delicious pastry pocket filled with currants and mixed peel.  Simplify the recipe by using prepared puff pastry.  This is a great recipe to give authenticity to your tea tray. If you watch Coronation Street they are always served at Roy’s Rolls.


Quick and Easy Eccles Cakes

Not really a cake, but a puff pastry pocket filled with currants and mixed peel.  If you are a stickler for tradition, this is a great recipe to give authenticity to your tea tray.
Course Afternoon Tea
Cuisine As Seen on Downton, Edwardian, English, Victorian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 Eccles Cakes


  • 1 package butter puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp. butter or applesauce to reduce fat
  • 1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. candied peel, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup currants


  • Preheat your oven to 425F.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and applesauce and cook over a medium heat for a few minutes until mixed together. Remove from the heat and add the add currants, candied peel and nutmeg.
  • On a lightly-floured surface, roll the pastry thinly if it does not already come pre-rolled, and cut into rounds of about ¼” thickness and 4” diameter. I use my crumpet rings as a cookie cutter.
  • Place 1-2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each circle.
  • Dampen the edges of the pastry with a little cold water and draw the edges together over the fruit and pinch to seal.
  • Turn over the cake over so the seam is now on the bottom and then press gently with a rolling pin to flatten the cakes.
  • Snip a V in the top with scissors, or you can make 3 slits with a knife. I like the V since it looks like a little heart when you are done.
  • Place on a greased baking tray. Brush with water and sprinkle with a little extra sugar.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned round the edges.
  • Place on a wire rack and allow to cool.
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