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|A T Lewney
not sure if this has been debated before, or not, but do eccles cakes have ANY essential cake type components? surely like so many others (jaffa cakes et al) they fall in the misty region between cake and .... ummm well who knows, i disagree with the cake icon, perhaps a more fruity icon for those things with high fruit content (fig rolls, some flap jakes, but primarliy eccleses) could be brought about?
a matter for consideration
|Nicey replies: The Eccles cake is essentially a small fruit pie, and as such is a member of the cake kingdom. The fruit icon can be used against such things that merit it. However, I might need reminding from time to time to use it.|
Today I have eaten a Marks and Spencer Eccles cake. Let's just say that from now on other Eccles cakes aren't even in Eccles, they're out near Withenshaw or somewhere, or possibly outside of Lancashire altogether.
Impressed of Sheffield.
|Nicey replies: Hoorah!
I introduced the younger members of staff to Treacle Tarts over the weekend, through the medium of an Asda instore bakery twin pack. They displayed impressive signs of a sugar rush, and spontaneously invented several new words as they sat there gibbering a bit.
You write in your recent flapjack article that Fox's are "claiming the flapjack for the biscuit camp" but I would suggest that by adding the word "biscuit" to the end of their new product they are suggesting that in general the flapjack is a cake but that their new teatime delight is a biscuit take on the flapjack theme,
in my own humble opinion a flapjack is most definitely a cake.
|Nicey replies: Well I too have always regarded the flapjack as a cake, indeed I have a Pecan Flapjack only a mere 3ft away as I type this, purchased from a cake shop yesterday morning. I am planning to have in roughly an hours time with a nice cup of tea.
As for the review I was of course playing devil's advocate, in an attempt to create a mild controversy.
||Contrary to most peoples beliefs, it is possible to find good eccles cakes in some parts of New Zealand. Cheers, Barry Newman.|
|Nicey replies: Woo, three icons for one sentance.|
As a recent convert to the nicecupofteaandasitdown.com I am just coming to grips with some of the stronger issues in the field. Today, after much thought I purchased for myself and my colleagues the above mentioned McVities Homebake, Chocolate Flapjacks. (Not cheap, but moderately edible). Due to the bourgeois nature of our eating establishment, (it's a bistro instead of a caf) the odd biscuit is generally quite odd and we have to make do with chocolate bars (OK in their place, preferably a lunch box belonging to a small, but discerning child, but no substitute for a biccie!).
We are now concerned that we have moved into an area in which we have little experience and could easily be lead astray. Please help us by identifying the niche of the pre-packaged flap jack.
Yours in excited anticipation.
|Nicey replies: Well, the flap jack is grouped in with cakes dispite its biscuit like ingredients. This is mainly due to the nature of its baking, as a large flattened mass, and its sheer size in comparison to biscuits.
I hope this helps.
I'm also interested to know exactly which home McVities baked these in. Presumably to produce industrial levels of flap jacks they would need a large number of homes, each equipped with a substantial oven.