Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
This recipe is from Chatelaine's Heritage Collection of Recipes, published in 1968. I didn't have any mixed peel but they are really good with just currants. Fried them on an electric griddle. Had to increase the temperature to 300F as the heat varies considerably across the griddle top. They are seriously addictive!!!!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground mace
- 1 cup shortening
- 3⁄4 cup currants
- 1⁄4 cup mixed peel, finely chopped
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 6 tablespoons milk
- Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl and cut in shortening finely. Add fruit, then eggs mixed with milk to make a stiff dough. (I ended up using my hands to get it to combine.)
- Roll to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. (It is more convenient to roll out half the dough at a time.) Cut out rounds with a sharp two-inch cookie cutter.
- Bake on a heated griddle on low heat, or an electric fry pan set at 250F for 8 to 10 minutes. When golden brown on one side, turn and bake second side until golden.
- Serve hot with butter as a tea cake or serve cold. Store in a covered container.
- NOTE: Shortening is satisfactory in this recipe but butter or hard margarine gives a richer flavour and colour. (I used hard margarine.) I estimated two as a serving. (Don't think you'll stop with two!).
- Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.