Pax Cakes


On Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Good Friday), in some parts of England, small cakes are handed out by the vicar to his congregation as they leave church. The cakes are called pax cakes (from the Latin for ‘peace’, pax). The custom goes back to at least the 16th century, when cakes and ale were given out during morning service and eaten and drunk in the church, to promote neighbourliness and good feeling at Easter.

Palm Sunday also has the nick name ‘Fig Sunday’ because Christ had wanted to eat some when travelling to Jerusalem. Figs were once traditionally eaten on this day.

Recipe: Kitchens
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 55 to 60

1 egg
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
2 Tablespoons salad oil
1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup wheat germ
1/4 Cup white flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


[1] Beat the egg. Add and beat until smooth all the other ingredients.

[2] Grease heated skillet or griddle.

[3] Pour batter from pitcher onto hot griddle in silver-dollar-sized dollops.

[4] Turn pax cakes when bubbles show.

[5] Fry on second side until brown.

[6] Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Makes 55 to 60 pax cakes.

Variation: Use 1 cup white flour, instead of combining whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and white flour.