Carol Singers Pepper Cake
People just don’t seem to put their hearts into Carol singing anymore. I can remember when we used to hear the knock at the door and get the entire Carol sung to us. Nowadays it seems to be the first line (if you’re lucky) and then an upturned palm thrust forward. But going back to gentler times, Carol singers were not looked upon as a nuisance. Indeed you prepared for their visit. It was a custom to prepare a large spicy cake ready to feed the Carollers. Carol Singers Pepper Cake sounds like something to be avoided but of course there is no pepper in it. This gets its name from the spices used in the recipe which originated from countries in the east which were referred to as the “pepper countries”.
This cake has features at the annual Carolling of Lynsted with Kingsdown Society (2008). This is a “members only” event, so if you are not a member and you don’t want to miss out you had better join up. You may need to hurry as party numbers are limited.