Seed Cake

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Appears in
The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

By Annie Gray

Published 2019

  • About

Seed cake has a long history in Britain, and it probably started life in the Tudor period as a cake distributed to workers when they were seed sowing. It originally contained caraway comfits, sugar-coated seeds that were used as breath fresheners by the upper classes. Ironically, one of the reasons for poor dental health among the rich was their consumption of the very sugar that coated the seeds they used to disguise bad breath. Skeletal analysis has shown that, until sugar started to come