These could be a fairly healthy biscuit for the kids during the school holidays or as they’re pretty easy to make they might even be a good holiday activity. They won’t keep long with the mushy bananas inside, but they probably won’t last long with the kids around anyway.
All I’ve ever known about Eccles cakes is that they are English. So when I found this recipe I thought I’d better find out a bit more about them. Good old Wikipedia tells me that ‘Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes commercially, from his shop in the town centre in 1793″. Any fans of the 1950s Goon Show will also know that Eccles was a character played by Spike Milligan – an amiable, well-meaning man with no wits or understanding, in other words a bit of an idiot. So the humble Eccles Cake has quite a history.
Did you think using chickpeas in a recipe was a new thing? This Moroccan style casserole from a 1990s, Australian Women’s Weekly supplement Clever Casseroles disproves this. This recipe is more than 20 years old and a. is Moroccan style and b. uses chickpeas – everything old is new again…….and it even includes a couscous recipe.
Who knows how this pudding got it’s name, but it’s been the butt of jokes for years and years. Despite the name it’s really just a fairly simple steamed pudding, which tastes good, especially served with custard. This traditional recipe uses a pudding cloth for the cooking, but it can also be made in a pudding basin.