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 Post subject: That's Sad!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:36 am 
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David:

I'm sure my grandmother didn't have puff pastry ... so she must have been making Sad Cakes.

But I can see why I thought of them as Eccles Cakes. Our local bakery (in Bermuda, I've been around a bit) made Eccles Cakes (and DID use puff pastry) and I'd muddled them ... this 45 years ago.

My grandmother, Briercliffe family or not, was HOPELESS at cooking. She could make the Sad Cakes from leftover pastry from the mince pies, and she made date crumble. Other than that, she couldn't boil water right. My mother, also, hated cooking, as do my sisters. I like to prepare food. During WWI, my grandmother working in the Queen Street Mill, she'd have been 13 in 1914, went to night school (where? Burnley?) and learned sewing and upholstery. She was taking up hems for family and friends well into her 90s.

All this talk of cake ... Think I shall not get past the bakery!

Happy Monday!

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As I sit here drooling and reminiscing about sad and eccles cakes...I recall that, exactly as mentioned, left over pastry from a meat and potato pie baking morning (Wednesdays, wasn't it??) was rolled and folded over scattered curants....looked speckled.
Eccles cakes, on the other hand, never made by my Nana who couldn't cook or bake more than 4 staple recipes, was puffed pastry with a solid mass of currants as a filling. Very rich...covered with sugar, very crumbly...and delicious. My favourites.
Parkin..how about a recipe for parkin? Never even hear of it anymore.
My dad used to make it...I could make him one and he would perhaps remember lots of other foods from those days!

Thanks for this conversation......scrumptious!


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Sue, did you get the e-mail I sent to you with the attachments?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:50 pm 
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Here you go Suzy- Recipe for Parkin

4 oz self raising flour, 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 4 oz fine oatmeal, 1 oz mixed peel (optional), 4 oz black treacle, 2 oz sugar, 2 oz butter, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of milk.

Sift together in a bowl the ginger, bicarb, salt, oatmeal and peel. Melt the treacle, sugar and butter, stir in the egg, pour mix over dry ingredients, mix well and add enough milk to make it pour. Bake for about an hour gas mark 3 325f 170c

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Thank you! What a multi-talented man you are!
Is baking allowed in the library, then?


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Speaking of libraries David, have you been to Oldham yet? Your tree is in limbo until you do....

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Bully! :o :lol:

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It's your tree! I know you are trying to keep all your ladies happy David but you can put yourself first once in a while...we'll let you :wink:

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Oooh David, Camp Commandant is giving you time off.

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He won't go Gloria, he needs a boot up the backside to encourage him.

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I think they have the records at Preston if you would sooner go there David. Have you been there before?

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I think we looked into it Gloria, and if I remember right, the Oldham records were not held at the LRO.

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No I think you are right, they are at Manchester library I think. Good job you said as I have to look up some Locketts from Middleton and they will come under Oldham or maybe Rochdale.
Looked on the http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/ ... s/folk.asp
and they do have them.

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