British Recipes > Chorley Cakes

How to make Chorley cakes:
Chorley Cakes are a typical regional speciality, very similar to other regional cakes such as Eccles Cakes and Banbury Cakes and more widespread cakes such as Hot Cross Buns (in as much as they were a sweet pastry combined with dried fruit). Traditionally they were baked for religious festivals, often by specially appointed bakers.


shortcrust pastry
1/2 cup currants
confectioner's/icing sugar
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Roll out the pastry into an oblong approx. 1/4" thickness.
- Cut into four circles using a small plate as a guide.
- Place the currants in the centre of the circles.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar.
- Moisten the edges with milk and fold together.
- Press and roll until the currants show through the pastry.
- Brush on top with a little milk.
- Bake in a moderate oven for around 30 minutes.