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  • Banbury cakes are a kind of spiced, currant-filled, flat pastry cake similar to an Eccles cake - although they are more oval in shape - once made and sold exclusively in Banbury. Banbury cakes have been made in the region to secret recipes since 1586 or earlier and they are still made, but not in as much quantity.


    "Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,

    To see what Tommy will buy.

    A little white loaf and a little white cake,

    And a tuppeny apple pie."

    The Cupboard

    I know a little cupboard

    With a teeny tiny key,

    And there's a jar of Lollypops

    For me, me, me.

    It has a little shelf, my dear,

    As dark as dark can be,

    And there's a dish of Banbury Cakes

    For me, me, me.

    I have a small fat grandmama

    With a very slippery knee,

    And she's the Keeper of the Cupboard

    With the key, key, key.

    And when I'm very good my dear

    As good as good can be,

    There's Banbury Cakes and Lollypops

    For me, me, me.

    _Walter De la Mare

    February 23, 2008