Shortcrust Pastry Eccles Cakes Recipe
- 1 pound shortdough pastry
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup currants
- 1 ounce candied mixed citrus peel
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 egg white, beaten
- ⅛ cup white sugar
step 1: In a medium saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons butter. cook over medium heat until melted. Add currants, candied peel, nutmeg and allspice. Continue to cook until heated through. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
step 2: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
step 3: On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut into 4 inch rounds. Place a small spoonful of filling onto center of each pastry circle, draw the edges together over the fruit and pinch to seal. Turn over, then press gently with a rolling pin to flatten the cakes.
step 4: Make a small hole or 2 small slash marks in the center of each pastry. Brush with beaten egg white, and sprinkle with sugar. Arrange on cookie sheet.
step 5: Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned around edges.