Just before Christmas, I read that Deirdre's daughters were re-releasing the book to raise funds for a cause very dear to my heart, the Irish Cancer Society and I ordered a copy immediately. I was never so happy to see a book land on the door mat and I spent a very happy afternoon reminiscing about making the world's worst mushroom soup (there was an over-emphasis on margarine in the book, so no wonder my effort was disgusting), how to set a breakfast table correctly and then I spotted my first ever edible effort - Raspberry Buns. These are a sweet scone mix with a thumbful of raspberry jam dropped into the middle, glazed with egg and baked. Nowadays I have a fancy schmancy food mixer to do all the rubbing in of butter to flour, but learning to do it by hand is a valuable skill, kids... Oh, and I've replaced the marge with butter. Oh, oh and these spread like wildfire on the baking sheet so use two baking sheets. I speak from experience.
The original recipe and the "how to" diagrams
200g Plain Flour
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
75g Caster Sugar
2-3 tbsp Milk
1-2 tbsp Raspberry Jam
1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
Preheat your oven to 200c/Gas Mark 6. Line two baking sheets with baking paper
Sieve the flour, salt & baking powder into a bowl. Rub in the butter, then stir in the sugar. Beat the egg & milk together and add to the dry ingredients, reserving about 1 tbsp for glazing. Mix well and form into a soft dough.
Roll the dough into a long log shape and cut into 10 pieces. Turn each piece on its side, make a hole in the middle with your thumb & full with raspberry jam.
Glaze the raspberry buns with the reserved milk and egg mix, sprinkle with the granulated sugar and place on the lined baking sheets, leaving much more room between each bun than you think is humanly possible. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
See, I told you that they spread... Cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Like scones, they're best the day they are made, but keep them in an airtight container for tomorrow if they're lucky enough to survive the night!