‘Some recipes have names that do intrigue you to want to try them or know more,’ says cookery editor Bee Nilson in her book, The WI Diamond Jubilee Cookbook, 1975 … “Sly cakes”, King George First’s Christmas Pudding, Buttery Dick, Hurry-up mayonnaise, Light Splitters, Guernsey Bean Jar, Oozie-woozie tart, and Stone Cream… all washed down with a rum and gingery “Yard of Flannel”! Though not quite as risqué, Bee’s Banbury Cakes fit the bill.
This recipe was kindly sent to me by Emma Bromidge, Cookery School Manager at Denman College. Denman is the WIs’ self-owned education centre in the heart of Oxfordshire, fit to burst with inspiring cookery, craft and lifestyle courses. I liken it to a bit of a Malory Towers for grown-ups.