Black Bun (traditional Scottish Pastry) Recipe

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Black Bun (Traditional Scottish Pastry)

Kelly Lollman

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@kelollman

A nod to my Scottish roots. Mincemeat pie was a staple at holiday dinner at Grandma's house. It was an acquired taste for me and I still can only manage very small pieces of pie... but it's tradition!
This recipe comes from the back of the program for the 2011 Central New York Scottish Games & Celtic Festival. Our area has a large population of Scottish and Welsh descendants of immigrants from the "old country". Also found a very similar recipe at rampantscotland.com/..._blackbun.htm

This is made weeks in advance so the brandied fruit can "age" properly.


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Serves:

Many

Cook:

2 Hr 45 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

PASTRY SHELL

3 c
all purpose flour
6 Tbsp
vegetable shortening
6 Tbsp
butter
1 pinch
salt
1/2 tsp
baking powder
cold water

FRUIT FILLING

5 1/2 c
seedless raisins
6 1/2 c
currents
1/3 c
chopped almonds, blanched
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
cream of tartar
3/4 c
brown sugar, light
2 Tbsp
allspice, ground
1/2 tsp
cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp
ginger, ground
1 tsp
ground black pepper
1 large
egg, beaten
2 Tbsp
brandy
3/4 c
milk

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Grease an 8" loaf pan.
2
Pastry Shell: Rub all fats into the flour. Add baking powder and a little water to make a stiff dough. Roll out onto a floured surface to a thin sheet. Line the loaf pan with the dough, leaving enough to fold over for the top.
3
Filling: Mix all ingredients together except the milk. Add enough milk to just moisten the mixture and blend thoroughly by hand. Fill the pastry shell with the mixture. Fold over the hanging edges, leaving an open seam for steam to escape. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg.
4
Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until a knife inserted in the filling comes out clean. Store in an airtight container and serve at Hogmanay (New Year's Eve).

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Scottish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian