Friday, 30 December 2011

Black Bun. The traditional Scottish cake for Hogmanay

Traditional recipe for New Year Black Bun cake which is usually eaten on Hogmanay. Easy recipe with information about the history and traditions about Black Bun

This easy Black bun recipe will serve 12 - 16 people. Scottish Black bun is a traditional Scottish treat served on Hogmanay and over the New Year festivities. It is a rich, moist, fruit cake baked in a pastry crust.

A sign of a well made Black Bun is that it should stick to the knife as it is cut. 
In olden days sweetmeat Black Bun cake slices would have been served on Twelfth Night. It then became a Scottish New Year delicacy and treat.

Ingredients for Black Bun:

225g of plain flour 
50g of soft brown sugar 
450g of currants 
450g of raisins 
450g of sultanas 
175g of mixed peel 
50g of chopped almonds 
50g of ground almonds 
3 eggs 
1 egg with the yolk and white separated 
Buttermilk to mix 
60mls of whisky or brandy 
1 teaspoon of mixed spice 
1 teaspoon of ground ginger 
1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
Half teaspoon of cayenne pepper 
Half teaspoon of baking soda 
Half teaspoon of cream of tartar 

Ingredients for Black Bun Pastry Case 

225g of plain flour 

125g of margarine 

Pinch of salt 
Cold water to mix 

Baking Directions for Black Bun Pastry:

1.Sieve the flour and the salt.
2. Rub in the butter and then mix in the water. The dough should start to become stiff.
3. On a pastry board roll out the mixture into a thin square. 

Set aside and make the black bun filling. 

Baking Directions For Black Bun
1.To make the filling for Black Bun you should first grease two 2lb loaf tins or a large tin. 

2. Sieve the flour and mix in the sugar, ground almonds, mixed spice, cinnamon, ground ginger, cayenne pepper, baking soda and the cream of tartar. 

3. Now stir in the dried fruits of currants, raisins, sultanas, candied peel and the chopped almonds. 

4. Gently fold in the beaten eggs and the buttermilk until the mixture becomes soft and moist. 

5. Add the alcohol. 

6. Use about two thirds of the pastry to line the tins. If the pastry has to be joined then wet these so that a good seal is formed. 

7. Put the black bun mixture into the tin, on top of the pastry. Make sure it is packed firmly and then level off. 

8. Brush the top of the fruit mixture with the white of the egg. 

9. Cover this top with the remaining pastry and seal the edges. 

10. Brush the visible pastry, ie the top of the black bun, with a beaten egg or some milk. 

11. Prick the black bun with a knitting needle from the top all the way to the bottom so that any trapped air can escape through this hole, rather than burst through during cooking. 

12. Pinch around the edges to give a nice finish. 

13. Bake in a low pre heated oven at 300F, gas mark 2 or 150C for about two and a half hours. 

14. To prevent the bun turning brown too quickly cover with kitchen foil or brown paper at any time during the cooking. 

15. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down. 

16. Turn out from the tin and store in an airtight container until ready to eat. 

17. Serve with a fine malt whisky and a Happy New Year! 


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