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Clarkies, The Welsh Pie

Clark’s Pies, also colloquially nicknamed Clarkies or Clarksies are well known meat pies that originated in Cardiff, and can now be found throughout South Wales and the West of England. A distant cousin of the Scotch Pie, Clark’s Pies, founded … Continue reading

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Festive Gingerbread

Returning once again to the early thirties and Elizabeth Craig we come to that staple of the British tea table : Gingerbread. Sweet, sticky and spicy it has many copies but very few rivals. A tireless champion of the ‘British … Continue reading

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The Icing On The Cake

Celebration cakes are, by definition, produced for those occasions when that little something extra is required. Savings are made to obtain the required ingredients that, in normal circumstances, would not be on the shopping list. Throughout history all ‘rites of … Continue reading

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Lebküchen

The forerunner of today’s Lebküchen was called the “honey cake” and its history can be traced back to the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans. They believed that honey, the only sweetener widely available to them, was a gift of the … Continue reading

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A Gingerbread Man In A Gingerbread House . . .

Gingerbread dates back to the 15th century, and figural biscuit-making was practiced as far back as the 16th century. The first documented instance of man-shaped gingerbread biscuits was at the court of Elizabeth I. She had the gingerbread figures made … Continue reading

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Christmas Cakes & Cookies

What is, or rather what is not, a Christmas cake? Christmas is an occasion when people of all ages, shapes, sizes and opinions come together for a time of fun, frivolity and food! This particular item comes from the immediate … Continue reading

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The Battenburg

Though not essentially a Christmas recipe, the Battenburg follows the German style of marzipan and bright colours. The British Royal Family were introduced to it during the reign of Queen Victoria. The first Battenberg Cake was created in 1884 by … Continue reading

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