Let them eat English cake ~ well in the Touraine at least


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On May Day in Paulmy in the South Touraine this year Sandra and I (well, mainly Sandra) had a stall at the local Brocante.

It was the first Brocante we had ever done and we wondered how home-made cakes being sold by an English couple would go down. As it turned out it was quite a success. The Lemon Drizzle Cake and the Chocolate + Prune Brownies were top sellers closely followed by our range of cup-cakes. In total we took a respectable €126 ~ not bad as the price of the cakes was €1 or €2. But, and perhaps much more importantly, it was a great opportunity to meet local people and be part of a local community event. Can’t wait for the next one!

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About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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6 Responses to Let them eat English cake ~ well in the Touraine at least

  1. jean says:

    So it was you !! We stopped and looked at the cakes and thought at the time that they looked not only delicious but also suspiciously English !! If I’d known it was you I would have stopped for a chat. We had only just had breakfast at the time but were very tempted………. I’m glad to hear you did well.

  2. GaynorB says:

    The cakes look delicious. Well done to the cook!

    We were in the UK at the time otherwise we would have come along and sampled a few……….. I particularly like the look of the walnut cake!

    • Jim McNeill says:

      Hi – yep the coffe and walnut cake did look delicious – it all sold so never had a chance to taste it! People were very curious about the cup cakes, “Are they biscuit underneath?” was a common question. Children were particularly attracted to them. Next time we may also do some low-fat/low-sugar cakes/biscuits as there appeared to be a demand for them. Hey-Ho, all that’s for another time.
      Thanks for keeping in touch.
      Jim

  3. ok so can you rub your idyllic french lifestyle in anymore! now homemade cakes! come on i’ll cry if you don’t post some of that ‘coffee and walnut?’ cake to me now!! x

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