I like the idea of these puddings as you could prepare them up to the baking stage and then put them in the oven just before you’re ready for dessert. If you don’t like using tinned pears you could poach some fresh pears. I think might actually be really nicer.
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.
These are probably my husband’s favourite type of bought biscuit. I must admit I’ve never considered making them for him as I always though they were too difficult. This recipe doesn’t look that hard though so I guess I’ll now have to give them a go.
I can remember Mum having these in the biscuit tin when my brothers and I came home from school ravenous. They still taste good and while they’re still great to have in the tin when the kids get home, adults done mind them either.