Flies' graveyard

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Flies' graveyard
Flies cemetery.jpg
Alternative namesFlies cemetery, fruit slice, fruit squares, currant squares, fly cakes, fly pie
TypePastry
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Main ingredientsCurrants or raisins

Flies' graveyard and flies' cemetery are nicknames used in various parts of the United Kingdom for sweet pastries filled with currants or raisins, which are jokingly said to resemble dead flies. In Scotland, they are known as fly cakes, fruit slice or fruit squares and in Northern Ireland as currant squares. In the North East of England, the pastries are fly cakes or fly pie.[1] In Wales it is called Cacen Pwdin.

The mixture is similar to sweet mince pies, which are traditionally eaten at Christmas time in the United Kingdom.

The Garibaldi biscuit, which contains a layer of squashed currants is commonly known as a 'squashed fly' or 'dead fly' biscuit in the UK.

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  1. ^ Fraser McAlpine (2015). Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What's Great about Great Britain. Penguin. pp. 123–124. ISBN 9780425278413. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

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