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.



I’m absolutely sure that when Mum saved the Pampas pastry leaflet that this recipe comes from she had no idea one of her great grand daughters would be having Nutella on her toast whenever she comes to stay with us.  Mum also would never have expected to be able to buy Nutella pizzas, donuts, cheesecakes, etc.  It’s a great example of how things have changed in the last 30 years…….



Among Mum’s recipe collection I’ve found a great sheet put out by the Pampas pastry people.  It has lots of Finger Food Recipes so I thought with Christmas entertaining fast approaching I’d share some of them with you.  Pinwheels can be made with a variety of fillings, but I think this pizza one will appeal to kids of all ages.



Did swagmen really make this out in the bush?  I have no idea, but even if they didn’t it still  makes a great hearty meal for the family. If you want you can easily add potato or other vegetables and I’d recommend leaving the meat mixture to cool a little before you put it on the puff pastry as hot meat will make the pastry soft and harder to handle.