Thursday, December 5, 2013

Coventry Godcakes

 What is a godcake, you ask. (Or even if you didn't. :)

 It is a triangular pastry parcel filled with a special type of sweet mincemeat including a number of secret ingredients and made using a traditional recipe handed down through the generations.  Historians have traced it back as far as medieval times.
They were traditionally given by godparents to their godchildren at new year along with a blessing for the year ahead.
The shape, along with the three slashes in the top of the pastry, is thought to represent the Holy Trinity and some people say that on biting the three corners of the cake the child was expected to recite ‘God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost’.

Coventry is believed to have originated the godcake.

Today bakers make similar jam filled pastries, sold country wide, known as coventries.

Mike and I sampled a god cake at Coventry's Road Transportation Museum (more about that later) and found it OK but nothing to really write home about.  Maybe that is because neither of us is a true mincemeat fan (unless you put a lot of brandy in it :).  But it was nice to try a piece of history.


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