Shrewsbury cake

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Shrewsbury cake
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Shrewsbury cake
Alternative names Shrewsbury biscuit
Course Dessert
Place of origin England
Region or state Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Main ingredients Sugar, flour, egg, butter, and lemon zest
Cookbook: Shrewsbury cake  Media: Shrewsbury cake

A Shrewsbury cake or Shrewsbury biscuit[1] is a classic English dessert, named after Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire. They are made from dough that contains sugar, flour, egg, butter and lemon zest; dried fruit is also often added. Shrewsbury cakes can be small in size for serving several at a time, or large for serving as a dessert in themselves.

The playwright William Congreve mentioned Shrewsbury cakes in his play The Way of the World in 1700 as a simile (Witwoud - "Why, brother Wilfull of Salop, you may be as short as a Shrewsbury cake, if you please. But I tell you 'tis not modish to know relations in town").[2] The recipe is also included in several early cookbooks including The Compleat Cook of 1658.[3]

Also, today in India, Shrewsbury biscuits are one of the most popular biscuits in the country. They are locally produced in the city of Pune, Maharashtra.[4][5]

A popular biscuit in New Zealand is also called a Shrewsbury biscuit, this is similar to a Jammie Dodger in the UK.[6] The traditional British recipe, however, predates James Cook's trip to the islands forming New Zealand in 1769 by at least a hundred years.

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  1. ^ "Shrewsbury Biscuit". A Guide To The UK's Traditional Foods. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Congreve, William (1700). "The Way of the World". The Way of the World. Full Books. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "To Make Shrewsbury Cakes". The Compleat Cook of 1658. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Must see must do in Pune". India Today. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Shrewsbury biscuits". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

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