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Wycoller Cake

Wycoller is an abandoned village 3 miles east of Colne, Lancashire.

There appear to be two definitions of Wycoller Cake.

"Traditional Food East and West of the Pennines" says: "Wycoller cake, also known as love paste or courting cake, can still be bought today. It comprises two layers of rich shortcrust pastry with a layer of jam spread between them before baking. " [1]

The other definition is a plain cake of a single layer, rolled out, baked and served with butter on top. The recipe for this version, which is more prevalent in historical sources, is below.

Cooking Tips

Wycoller Cake
8 oz flour (1 1/2 cups / 225g)
4 oz lard (1/2 cup / 115g) [or dripping, margarine or butter]
4 oz sugar (1/2 cup / 115g)
1 egg, beaten
milk to brush on top
(some recipes add dried fruit)
(some recipes add 2 heaped teaspoonfuls of baking powder)

Crumble together flour and lard (add baking powder if using.) Add beaten egg, mix to bind (some recipes say you can cheat and add a bit of milk if needed.) Add sugar. (Add dried fruit if using.)

On a floured board, roll out 1 inch (2 1/2 cm) thick in a large circle, then put on greased baking sheet. Brush top with some milk. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 355 F (150 C / gas mark 4 ) until firm and slightly brown on top.

Slice to serve; you eat it with butter or jam spread on top.


[1] Wilson, C. Anne. Editor. Traditional Food East and West of the Pennines. Edinburgh University Press, 1991.


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Oulton, Randal. "Wycoller Cake." CooksInfo.com. Published 14 October 2010; revised 14 October 2010. Web. Accessed 06/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/wycoller-cake>.

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