‘Jane Eyre’ is a novel by Charlotte Bronte, and is one of the most famed works from the Bronte sisters. It deals with the coming of age of a young woman, who has a disturbed childhood.
In Jane’s early years, her parents pass away, her guardian dies, after which she is placed under the care of a cruel aunt who mistreats her and allows her cousins to bully her. She then is sent to boarding school where the headmaster mistreats her. However, it’s at the school where Jane befriends Helen Burns and finds Miss Temple, a mentor. One of the scenes with Miss Temple is the first bit of kindness that Jane gets after a long time:
“She got up, unlocked a drawer, and taking from it a parcel wrapped in paper, disclosed presently to our eyes a good-sized seed-cake.‘I meant to give each of you some of this to take with you,’ said she: ‘but as there is so little toast, you must have it now,’ and she proceeded to cut slices with a generous hand. We feasted that evening as on nectar and ambrosia; and not the least delight of the entertainment was the smile of gratification with which our hostess regarded us, as we satisfied our famished appetites on the delicate fare she liberally supplied.”
To Jane, who has been forced to eat scraps for much of her life, the food symbolizes kindness and the chance that her life may become better.
Seed cakes are traditional British cakes flavored with caraway seeds.
They were originally caraway seed biscuits, which then evolved into seed cakes.
Enjoy these seed cakes with a cup of tea or as a snack.