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What: Dating to the late 18th century and a town called Eccles in Manchester, Eccles cakes are round sweet currant-filled cakes made with buttery pastry, usually topped with coarse sugar. Sweet and slightly oozy inside, they make a delicious treat at tea time or for breakfast.
When: The Flour Station is at Borough Market Thurs, 11am-5pm; Fri, noon-6pm; Sat, 8am-5pm.
Order: A sugary, buttery Eccles cake (£2.50), wrapped in crisp, flaky, yielding pastry and filled with sweet currants. While you’re here, don’t miss trying a Chelsea bun and some other historic British breads, like English muffins, cobs, and bloomers.
Alternatively: It’s known to be not as traditionally crafted, but the Eccles cake at nose-to-tail-dining mecca St. John (26 St. John St., map), in the East End neighborhood of Clerkenwell, is said to be crazy-good (no, there’s no pork in it). Try it for elevenses at the bar or see if it’s available for dessert, with Lancashire cheese.
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