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Easy Singin’ Hinny | Northumberland Griddle Cake

Whether you call it singin’ hinny, Hinsel Bread or a Northumberland Griddle Cake, this traditional English treat is worth a try! This delicious and classic cake has been around for centuries and is often associated with the northeast of England. Made with just a few simple pantry ingredients, Want to take your taste buds on a journey through time? Then join us as we explore all that Singin’ Hinny has to offer!

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What is a Singin’ Hinny?

If you’re from Northumberland or have ever visited the area, you might have heard of a tasty treat called Singin’ Hinny. Singin’ Hinny, also known as Northumberland Griddle Cakes, is a traditional dish that is said to have originated in the area over 150 years ago.

The name ‘Singin’ Hinny’ comes from the sound the cake makes while it’s cooking on a metal griddle – the sizzling and bubbling can be heard throughout the kitchen!

A Singin’ Hinny is similar to a scone but a thinner version. The recipe for this quick snack is simple and easy to follow, making it a popular treat for all ages.

singin hinny with butter and jam in the middle

Ingredients for Singin’ Hinny

  • 350 g Plain Flour
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 75 g Lard (or white vegetable fat)
  • 100 g Currants
  • 200 ml Milk
singin hinny dough ball
rolled out griddle cake
griddle cake cooking in a pan
singin hinny round cooling on a wire rack

How to make a traditional Singin Hinny

  • Grease a griddle/skillet or large frying pan with oil or white vegetable fat.
  • Measure the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar in a bowl, add the lard and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the currants.
  • Mix to a soft dough with the milk and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly, then roll out to a large round and about ¼ inch (5mm) thick. Alternatively, cut it into two if your pan isn’t big enough.
  • Lift the scone round onto the griddle or pan and cook on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes on one side, then carefully turn over and cook on the other side for a further 5 minutes until nice and brown.
  • Slide onto a wire rack to cool slightly, then split and butter, sandwich back together and serve hot.
griddle cake round cut in quarters

Variations

Like many traditional recipes, there are plenty of variations of Singin’ Hinny that exist. Some people use sultanas instead of currants or even both. Others might add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the mixture for some extra flavour.

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Serving suggestions

These are delicious warm topped with butter or jam. You could also have syrup or even top it with cheese and jam.

singin hinny with butter and jam in the middle

Singin’ Hinny | Northumberland Griddle Cake

Rachel
Quick and easy currant griddle cake with no added sugar; you can go crazy with your toppings!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 8
Calories 215 kcal

Equipment

Griddle or large frying pan

Ingredients
  

  • 350 g Plain Flour
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 75 g Lard (or white vegetable fat)
  • 100 g Currants
  • 200 ml Milk

Instructions
 

  • Grease a griddle or large frying pan with oil or white vegetable fat.
  • Measure the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar in a bowl, add the lard and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the currants.
  • Mix to a soft dough with the milk and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly, then roll out to a large round and about ¼ inch (5mm) thick. Alternatively, cut the dough ball into two if your pan isn't big enough.
  • Lift the scone round onto the griddle or pan and cook on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes on one side, then carefully turn over and cook on the other side for a further 5 minutes until nice and brown.
  • Slide onto a wire rack to cool slightly, then split and butter, sandwich back together and serve hot.
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Nutrition

Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 6gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 86mgPotassium: 264mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 521IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 2mg
Keyword no sugar cake
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Conclusion

If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious treat to enjoy with a cup of tea, look no further than Northumberland Griddle Cakes. Singin’ Hinny is a tasty reminder of Northumberland’s rich culinary heritage and traditions – and luckily, it’s easy to make at home!

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