Singin' Hinnies - Northumbrian Tea-Time Griddle Cakes/Scones

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift together the flour, raising powders and salt.
  2. Rub in the butter and lard/vegetable fat, and then mix in the fruit.
  3. Add enough milk to make a firm dough. Roll out, and then cut into rounds of about 3" or 6cm in diameter.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut in half and put a big knob of butter in the middle. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

These were a big hit at dinner last night. Easy to put together and quick to cook - we loved them! Thanks for sharing.

pattikay in L.A. October 01, 2009

First, Thanks for the reviews on my recipes!!! Second, my Grannie used to make these for me when i was little and my mom worked at Race St. Fish Market. ( i was the spoiled first Great-Grandchild) Id ask for these "Breakfast Cakes" everytime my Grannie babysat me, and she always obliged cuz it was THE ONLY WAY id eat raisins!!!! thank you, THANK YOU for the recipe! i hope my own daughter enjoys them as much as i did! ~Darc

HappyFlour66 September 18, 2009