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Appears in
The Daily Mail Modern British Cookbook

By Alastair Little and Richard Whittington

Published 1998

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Traditional English sly cakes are not cakes at all, but squares or fingers of puff pastry stuffed with a mixture of dried fruits and chopped apples. If the sultanas and currants have been given a preliminary soaking in brandy, rum or whisky the end result will be even nicer, but this is optional.


  • 450 g/ 1 lb puff pastry
  • 2 cooking apples
  • 60</


Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Roll out the puff pastry to a thickness of 1 cm / ½ inch, then trim and cut into 2 equal rectangles. Put one of them on a lightly greased non-stick baking tray.

Peel, core and dice the