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King Cakes

North East

Individual fruit cakes made with butter, currants, white wheatflour, sugar and egg yolk, flavoured with mace. Known since Moxon 1764.

"The smell of mace is amazing when they bake."
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Original Receipt in 'English Housewifry' by Elizabeth Moxon, 1764 (Moxon 1764)

238. To make KING CAKES.
Take a pound of flour, three quarters of a pound of butter, half a pound of sugar and half a pound of currans, well cleaned; rub your butter well into your flour, and put in as many yolks of eggs as will lithe them, then put in your sugar, currans, and some mace, shred in as much as will give them a taste, so make them up in little round cakes, and butter the papers you lie them on.

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