Chorley Cakes: We're very proud of our local food and drink but what will the world's politicians think?

Plenty of traditional towns have their unique dishes, and Chorley Cakes have their place alongside Bakewell Tart, Dundee Cake and Eccles Cake.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 12:45 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th June 2021, 1:14 pm
We're asking Chorley Guardian readers to nominate 150 reasons to celebrate Chorley to mark the Guardian's 150th birthday
We're asking Chorley Guardian readers to nominate 150 reasons to celebrate Chorley to mark the Guardian's 150th birthday

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Each household traditionally had their own version of Chorley Cakes.

The home-baking tradition is still going (especially after the confinement of Lockdown last year) but of course you can buy Chorley Cakes in and around from local bakers if cooking isn't your thing.

One such Chorley baker is Anita Davies who says: "I was taught by my grandma many years ago.

"But the actual recipe is a secret.

"I use the best ingredients, a traditional method and plenty of butter.

Anita's business name Panadera reflects Anita's Spanish father, but the Chorley Cakes are all Lancashire.

Best served warm from the oven, a Chorley Cake is a round cake that is about three inches in diameter with a filling of raisins, sultanas or currants.

These cakes are not considered to be sweet, and they are usually served buttered or with a slice of fabulous Lancashire cheese.

The occasional non-Lancastrian may confuse Chorley Cakes with Eccles Cakes, but the latter are sweeter.

Do you have a family recipe? Let us know.

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