Bath Buns and Sally Lunns
Posted by Caroline on November 12, 1997 at 18:20:35:
In response to Feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Part II Another receipt., written by Mary Collette on November 11, 1997 at 18:46:47
OK, this info comes ,not from the Jane Austen cookbooks but from various other cookbooks I have which contain traditional English recipes.
A Sally Lunn is a round loaf of rich , sweet bread dough, similar to the french brioche dough. The loaves are usually about five inches across, and coated with sugar/water syrup on top. The recipes I have ar every similar to yours, Mary.
Bath Buns are also a sweet rich dough, of similar ingredients in similar proportions, but bfeore dividing the dough prior to baking, raisins, chopped peel or dried lemon peel, and sometimes almond nibs are added, and after shaping, the buns are strewn with very coarse grained sugar, then baked. They are smaller than Sally Lunns. Originally Bath Buns did not contain fruit, but spices like caraway comfits(caraway seeds coated in sugar).
I'll not put up the recipes because they are all in english measures, which for baking, are fiendishly difficult to translate into American!
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