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Chorley cakes recipe

Chorley cakes recipe

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These fruit-filled pastry cakes, hailing from Chorley, are best enjoyed with a cup of tea. The buttery pastry surrounds a sweet currant mixture and is topped with a sprinkling of caster sugar. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 30 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 557 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


For the pastry

  • 300g (10oz) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25g (1oz) caster sugar, plus extra to decorate
  • 180g (6oz) butter
  • 80ml (3fl oz) milk

For the filling

  • 200g (7oz) currants
  • 50g soft light brown sugar
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    25g 35%
  • Saturates

    14g 72%
  • Sugars

    54g 60%
  • Salt

    0.2g 3%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 83.1g Protein 5.8g Fibre 4.2g


  1. To make the pastry, put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and rub in. Stir in the milk and mix until the dough is soft but no sticky, adding a little more milk to achieve the right consistency. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. To make the filling, mix together the currants, sugar and butter and set aside.
  3. Heat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C. Roll out half the pastry, and using a 14cm round cutter, stamp out 4 rounds. Place a spoonful of filling in the centre of each circle. Dampen the edges with a little water and fold the pastry over to enclose the filling. Turn over and roll lightly to flatten to about 7cm. Put the cakes on a baking tray. Using the remaining ingredients, repeat the process to make 4 more cakes.
  4. Brush the tops with the beaten egg white. Then, with a knife, make two or three cuts in each. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with caster sugar while still warm.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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