Is The Toasted Teacake A Very British Tradition?

Is The Toasted Teacake A Very British Tradition?

A hot buttered teacake with a pot of tea is a delicious afternoon treat. When most Brits think of a teacake, they imagine a light, flat sweet bun, containing dried fruits such as currants, sultanas, and orange peel. However in some parts of the UK, and in other countries, the teacake has a different meaning, so it’s best to check before you order!

For example, in East Lancashire, and some parts of Cumbria and Yorkshire, a teacake is a plain bread roll, which is used to make sandwiches. A bread roll with currants in is described as a fruited teacake.

Kent has its own version of the treat, known as the Huffkin. It is softer than traditional bread, with a soft crust created by wrapping the rolls in a cloth as they cool from the oven. It has a distinctive a dimple in the centre, created by the baker’s thumb pressing down. It typically contains cherries rather than currants, and can be used to make bacon rolls.

Meanwhile, in Sussex, a teacake is called Lady of Arundels Manchet, or simply a manchet. It is more akin to a scone, as it contains eggs and milk. A yeast rather than a baking agent is used, much like sourdough bread. A manchet can be flavoured with spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, and the upper surface is marked with a diamond pattern.

In Scotland, most people think of the famous Tunnock’s Teacake, which is a confection rather than a bread-based product. They were first manufactured near Glasgow in 1956. The sweet treat consists of a small round biscuit base, which is topped with a light marshmallow dome, and covered with a thin layer of chocolate. An irresistible snack!

 

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