Have you ever heard of singing hinnies or singin’ hinnies? Me neither, at least not until a few weeks ago.
What are Singing Hinnies /Singin’ Hinnies?
Singing Hinnies are griddle cakes or scones and are all the rage in the northern part of England especially around Northumberland. The hinney part of singing hinnies, is the pronunciation of ” honey” in that area and is used as a term of endearment for women and children.
The singing refers to the sizzling sounds the lard or butter make as the rich dough is cooked in a hot frying pan. They are very similar to Welsh Cakes.
So there you have it a taste of the North on a plate.
How to Make Singing Hinnies
- Add the dry ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
- Add in the butter and lard and whiz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Pour the dough into a large bowl and mix in the fruit.
- Then add enough milk to make a scone-like dough.
- Knead until smooth, transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out dough to 1.25cm thickness.
- Cut out rounds of about 6cm in diameter, re-rolling the trimmings and re-cutting as necessary.
- Heat oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan on low.
- Cook the hinnies in batches for approximately 5 mins on each side or until golden brown.
Keep the singing hinnies warm in the oven until they have all been cooked.
Singing Hinnies Tips
- Make sure the butter is cold but not freezing.
- Avoid over mixing the dough, or you will end up with rubbery griddle cakes.
What to Serve with Singin’ Hinnies?
Here are a few options of what to serve with singin’ hinnies.
Maple Butter from Martha Stewart.
Can You Freeze Singing Hinnies?
Yes, you can. Just freeze the uncooked shaped dough for up to 3 months. Defrost them before frying.
Where Can You Buy Singin Hinnies?
Tea shops up and down northern England would be happy to sell you a few of these.
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First published in June 2016.
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Singing Hinnies – A taste of Northumberland with Cottages.com
- 450 g (1lb) plain flour
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 0.25 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 0.5 tsp cream of tartar
- 150 g (5.3oz) cold butter cut into cubes
- 50 g (1.8oz) cold lard cut into cubes
- 150 g (5.3oz) raisins or currants
- Cold milk
- Vegetable oil to fry
- Add the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tarter into the bowl of a food processor. Add in the butter and lard and whiz for a few seconds until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
- Pour the crumbly dough mix into a large bowl and mix in the fruit. Then add in enough milk to make a scone like dough (I added about 6.5 tbsp of milk).
- Knead for a min until smooth, transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out till the dough is 1.25cm thick.
- Cut out rounds of about 6cm in diameter, re rolling the trimmings and re cutting as necessary.
- Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan and add a little oil in the base and set the heat to low.
- Cook the hinnies in batches for approximately 5 mins on each side or until golden brown
- Keep the singing hinnies warm in the oven until they have all been cooked.
- Serve warm with butter, jam, maple syrup etc.
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I had such fun browsing their website and dreaming about the type of holidays I could take this year with, and without the kids. They had family friendly cottages, cottages on the coas (yes please), pet friend cottages that we could take granny, grandpa and the dog to and they also had some with a pool (so very important). There are also larger properties for that get together with all my Sierra Leonean friends I have been planning for over 5 years.
I had a particular interest in the Northumberland cottages since Freddy has been promising to take us there for a tour of their beautiful castles, Hadrian’s Wall and endless sandy beaches.
One of the properties that caught my eye was the stunning barn conversion called Oak Tree Cottage. This is only a few miles away from the wall and offered very easy access to the coast. I fell in love with the rather light airy ‘and splashes of red’ kitchen and loved the idea of having a long family breakfast before we wander off to go explore Hadrian’s wall. I also adore the cosy wood burning stove, picturing us gathering round it in the evening drinking hot chocolate and watching DVD’s.
You know what, my bags are already packed in my head and I will be making a UK self catering holiday happen later this year. You should head over to cottages.com and book your very own UK or Irish break and get out there before I do. Then come back and tell me all about it.