Preparation info
  • Makes


    small cakes
    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

  • About

According to John Brand in Observations on Popular Antiquities of Great Britain, published in 1777, the yule-dough was a small cake in the shape of the baby Jesus that bakers made at Christmastime to give to their customers. Also known as a yule-dow (the words dough and dow were once commonly used for small cakes in northern England) and, in County Durham, as a yule-cake, these yeastleavened sweets were more bread-like than cake-like.

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