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A small round pastry, originating in Eccles, Lancashire (which has now been subsumed into Greater Manchester); with a dried fruit filling. They are delicious with good Lancashire cheese, and a pot of strong tea. Banbury cakes are similar.
The first time Eccles cakes are mentioned, in around the middle of the 18th century, minced meat (often calf's foot) was generally included - in the same way it would have been for all items calling for mincemeat. See 'Banbury Cake'; 'Mincemeat'