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Traditional English Recipe - Honey Bran Knobs

A traditional farmhouse recipe


2 cupfuls flour
2/3 cupfuls butter
1/2 cupful brown sugar
1/2 cupful honey
1/2 cupful stoned raisins
Vanilla essence to taste
2 1/2 cupfuls bran
2/3 cupful milk
1/2 cupful chopped nuts
2 eggs
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinammon


  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinammon and salt.
  2. Beat the eggs well.
  3. Melt the butter and add the sugar, honey and the beaten eggs to the melted butter.
  4. Mix together in a bowl.
  5. Dissolve the soda in the milk.
  6. Add the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk.
  7. Stir in the raisins, nuts, bran and vanilla essence.
  8. Mix well and drop teaspoon sized portions of the mixture on to a well-greased baking sheet.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven (190° C / 375° F / gas mark 5) for about 10 minutes.


To bake: To cook in an oven.

To beat: To thoroughly combine ingredients and incorporate air with a rapid, circular motion. This may be done with a wooden spoon, wire whisk, rotary eggbeater, electric mixer or food processor.

To dissolve: To mix dry ingredient with liquid until in solution.

To melt: Use a high temperature to turn a solid fat into a liquid.

To mix: To beat or stir food ingredients together until they are combined.

To sift: To put dry ingredients such as flour or sugar through a sifter or mesh screen to loosen particles and incorporate air.

To stir: To agitate an ingredient or a number of ingredients using a hand held tool such as a spoon.

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