Prep 1 hr
Cook 15 mins
This recipe is actually 3 in 1. The base for this is a Basic English Egg Dough and then 2 variations of the recipes These are really quite nice, they are like a sweet bisquit. I got this recipe when I was helping my daughter a school project. The original recipe dates back to the 17th century. It was almost impossible to read (I'm not sure if that was they way they wrote back then or a literacy issue) Anyway this a modernized version. It was really kind of fun since I enjoyed the recipe I kept it.
Basic English Egg Dough(a bread dough made of milk butter and eggs)
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk, scalded
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 21 g dry yeast (3 packets)
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 9 cups flour
Lardy Jacks (use 1/3 cup egg dough)
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter, very soft
- 3⁄4 cup raisins
- 3⁄4 cup nuts
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- Basic English Egg Dough:.
- Pour scalded milk over butter, salt, & sugar.
- Dissolve yeast in warm water.
- Let stand until it bubbles.
- Add yeast to beaten eggs and then to cooled milk.
- Gradually add flour - only enough to make an easily handled dough.
- Turn out on floured surface and knead until smooth & elastic.
- Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise about 1 hour.
- Punch down and shape into 3 loaves.
- Place in greased loaf pan and let rise until doubled.
- Bake at 450º F for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350º F and bake 40 minutes longer.
- For Lardy Jacks:.
- After first rising of the Egg Dough,knead in the sugar, butter, raisins, & nuts. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thick. Cut into triangles.
- Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake on greased baking sheet at 400º F until done about 15 minutes.
- For Johnny Boys:.
- Follow Lardy Jacks recipe above, but add 3 Tbs. cinnamon to the sugar. Shape the triangles like a boy with outflung arms (or use a gingerbreadman cookie cutter).