Recipe by French Tart
Served warm and oozing with butter, these fabulous fruity griddlecakes make a great treat for breakfast or afternoon tea. I remember my grandmother making these when I was little; she lived in a very old stone cottage in Northumberland, and made these on a huge cast iron black griddle, or girdle as they were also called! We used to eat them hot from the griddle, with butter – in front of a roaring wood fire during the winter months. Singin' hinnies are a type of fried fruit scone or griddle cake, so called as they 'sing' and sizzle whilst cooking. 'Hinny' is a Northern term for endearment used especially to children - my grandmother used to call me "hinny". Similar to singin' hinnies are Northumbrian griddle cakes, also known as Gosforth gridies. If you are making them for a children’s party or at Christmas, put coins that have been briefly boiled, then wrapped in greaseproof paper, in the middle of some of the singin’ hinnies.
- 250 g flour
- 1⁄8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 60 g butter, at room temperature
- 60 g lard or 60 g white vegetable fat
- 85 g raisins
- milk, to bind
- fat or dripping, for the griddle
- knobs butter
Directions See How It's Made
- Sift together the flour, raising powders and salt.
- Rub in the butter and lard/vegetable fat, and then mix in the fruit.
- Add enough milk to make a firm dough. Roll out, and then cut into rounds of about 3" or 6cm in diameter.
- Grease the heated griddle (or a heavy frying pan or skillet) with lard or dripping thoroughly. Put on the cakes and turn them when the underneath is a nice mottled brown. Keep the singin' hinnies warm in the oven until they are all cooked.
- Cut in half and put a big knob of butter in the middle. Serve immediately.