British Recipes > Catherine Cakes

How to make Catherine cakes:
Named after Catherine of Aragon, these cakes were probably made for her when she was living at Ampthill Castle in Bedfordshire. Since then it has been a tradition to make these on November 25th, which is St. Catherine's Day. Also known as Cattern Cakes. St. Catherine was the patron saint of spinsters, lace makers and spinners.


dough made with yeast, as for bread
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar
a few caraway seeds
4 tablespoons (2oz) butter
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- Knead the dough well and gradually work in the butter, caraway seeds, sugar and egg.
- Leave to rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
- Place on floured baking tin and bake in a moderate oven 325of 160oc/gas mark3 until golden brown.