Time: 20 minutes for the buns; if made into a cake, 1-1/2 hour.
Sufficient to make about 12 buns.

  1. 1/2 teaspoonful of tartaric acid
  2. 1/2 teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda
  3. 1 lb. of flour
  4. 2 oz. of butter
  5. 2 oz. of loaf sugar
  6. 1/4 lb. of currants or raisins
  7. when liked, a few caraway seeds
  8. 1/2 pint of cold new milk
  9. 1 egg
  • Rub the tartaric acid, soda, and flour all together through a hair sieve
  • Work the butter into the flour;
  • Add the sugar, currants, and caraway seeds, when the flavour of them latter is liked
  • Mix all these ingredients well together
  • Make a hole in the middle of the flour, and pour in the milk, mixed with the egg, which should be well beaten
  • Mix quickly
  • Set the dough, with a fork, on baking-tins
  • Bake the buns for about 20 minutes

  • This mixture makes a very good cake, and if put into a tin, should be baked 1-1/2 hour. The same quantity of flour, soda, and tartaric acid, with 1/2 pint of milk and a little salt, will make either bread or teacakes, if wanted quickly.

    Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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