Caraway seed cake

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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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Caraway seed was a very popular addition to British baking in the past. Nowadays, however, it is a taste we usually associate with Scandinavia. Around 1900, May Byron gave regional recipes for seed cakes from Gloucestershire, Cheshire, Kent, Yorkshire and Ireland, but we know from other books that seed cake was also very popular in Cornwall. Old recipes also say to add caraway comfits. These are caraway seeds that have been given a white sugar coating, a tedious task that t