Museum visitors share memories and attempt to revive saffron dinger cake

Lowestoft Museum played host to an event promoting the rebirth of saffron dingers, a spicy type of c

Lowestoft Museum played host to an event promoting the rebirth of saffron dingers, a spicy type of cake that was widely made around 50 years ago. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

There was an opportunity to share memories of a long-forgotten Easter treat after the recipe was brought back to life.

Dr Sally Francis (second from left) from Norfolk Saffron and Irene O'Toole (second from right) from

Dr Sally Francis (second from left) from Norfolk Saffron and Irene O'Toole (second from right) from Lowestoft Museum with other museum volunteers. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Museum played host to a special event on March 25 to promote the rebirth of saffron dingers, a spicy type of cake that was traditionally made at Easter in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area around 50 years ago.

However, the reason for their distinctive name largely remains a mystery.

The event, christened Lowestoft Dingers, invited those who have memories of eating the treats to meet Dr Sally Francis from the north Norfolk-based Norfolk Saffron Company

Dr Francis helped organise a similar get-together last year and, following an appeal about dingers, Bushells Bakery in Lowestoft located an old original hand written recipe and made the first commercial batch of the cakes for 50 years.


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It is now hoped that more will be discovered about the origin of dingers and their recipe.

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