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Baking Sally Lunns from a 1950s Recipe

June 14, 2014

While looking through my collection of vintage magazines the other day, I stumbled upon an article about traditional British recipes in a copy of Women’s Journal from 1954. It struck me how many of the great things featured are no longer commonly made these days and thought it would be great to give some of the recipes a go.

I decided to start easy by making some Sally Lunns. I’ve only tried these once before while I was away in Bath and they are absolutely delicious.

Sally Lunn buns are a traditional yeast bread which was supposedly made in Bath by Sally Lunn from around 1680. You can try the real thing made from a secret recipe at Sally Lunns House in Bath which is an incredible Medieval building.

This recipe looked pretty straight forward and the ingredients were all basic baking cupboard items. My mixture did come out a little dry so I added a bit of extra milk, I’d probably add an extra 3 tablespoons next time for perfect consistency. They looked a bit weird and were a bit crumbly when they came out of the oven, but tasted incredible. I would definitely make these again and try different topping.

The recipe recommends slicing these in 3 and adding butter, but I ended up adding a generous helping on strawberry jam. When I had these in bath I had it for lunch with salad and smoked salmon which was really nice too.

I looking forward to trying some more recipes from the magazine so look out for those soon. Please let me know if you try this recipe and if you enjoyed the finished product. xxx

  • Reply
    Emerald Dove
    June 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    This is so cool! I really want to hunt down some vintage magazines now! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jade @ Bits & Bobs
    June 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I think you’ve left us all wanting some vintage magazines! I shall eagerly await more posts of this variety as it is definitely unique. Thank you for sharing!

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