Day 8 – Ecclefechan


Have you ever tried these?  They are really delicious and a nice alternative to Mince Pies too.  I have added Christmas spices to mine and a zesty orange pastry which isn’t the traditional way so if you want them authentic simply leave those out.




225g plain flour

100g butter, cold diced

25g caster sugar

Zest of 1 orange

1 egg, large

A little water to combine


2 eggs, large

100g sultanas

100g raisins

50g cherries, whole

50g flaked almonds

2 tbsps treacle

150g dark muscovado sugar

1 tbsp vinegar

125g butter

1 ½ tsp ground mixed spice

A little icing sugar to dust

Makes: 18


To make the pastry start with the plain flour.  Add the cold diced butter and rub in to the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs (or blitz it in the processor).

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Add the orange zest and the caster sugar, stirring to combine.

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Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg, mix with a table knife until the pastry starts to come together.  If it needs it then add cold water just 1 tbsp at a time until the pastry can be gathered together into a ball.

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Knead it lightly in the bowl until smooth then wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

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Now onto the filling warm the treacle, sugar, mixed spice, vinegar and butter in a pan until melted and well combined.

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Take it off the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl.  Add the fruits and almonds and stir well.  Leave to one side to cool to room temperature.

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Once the mixture has cooled preheat the oven to 180c(fan)/200c/Gas Mark 6.  Stir in the 2 large eggs to complete the filling.

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Roll out the rested pastry on your worksurface lightly dusted with flour.  Cut out circles to line the recesses of your tin.

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Gently press them into the tin and add the filling.

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Bake them in the oven for 12-15 minutes until golden and bubbling.

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Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin before releasing and allowing to cool fully on a wire rack.Pork Pie 067

Dust with a little icing sugar and serve.


Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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14 Responses to Day 8 – Ecclefechan

  1. Ian says:

    Those look like a great alternative to mince pies Ruth, which is good as I can never find ones I like. I’m going to try these 🙂

  2. Bernice says:

    These look delicious. Where did you get you pie tray from please Ruth? The ribbed edging looks so effective x

  3. Kerry says:

    Hi Ruth,

    These look amazing! I was just wondering what brand of tin you used – I love the one in the photos with the delicate fluting.

    Thanks, Kerry 🙂

  4. Looks lovely! I want to make these but really am not a fan of cherries – what would you suggest I could substitute them with? Thank You for the recipe shares♥

  5. Hi Ruth

    Quite strangley I make some Eccles cakes, which I then churn out as mince pies. To hide the fact they are based on an Eccles Cakes, i call them Hanscackens. No idea why, just think it sounds better.

    Btw, made a batch of your Blue Monday and walnut biscuits yesterday. There aren’t many left today shall I say!! Can you buy them anywhere for times when I’m in a hurry?



  6. paula scales says:

    Made these today and the filling is delicious but I’m struggling with the pastry. Seems chewy even though it’s golden and cooked…any hints/tips??

    • Hi Paula – its most likely the pastry is a little overworked, try not to handle the pastry too much when mixing it together and then when rolling out. Roll it out in small portions so that you only need to roll it out once that should help it stay tender and flaky x

  7. Karen Smith says:

    Hi Rachel

    Could you make these in a regular muffin tin?

    Thanks. X

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