Day Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is a place I hold very dear. It’s where my dad and my auntie grew up and was the home of my grandparents, Mary and Ronnie. Sadly my granddad died just a month or so before I was born, but I like the fact that he knew of my existence, even though I never got to meet him.
My grandma was lovely. She was a seamstress by profession and I remember her making clothes for my dollies and tackling the ‘mending pile’ with great efficiency every time she came to stay with us. Funny how we seem to dispose of things much more easily these days – I sew the odd button back on or stitch up a fallen-down hem, but I think we’re generally a lot less thrifty than previous generations.
I’ve probably inherited a lot of my ‘craftiness’ from my grandma – she taught me to sew, knit and bake when I was a little girl. I’ve mentioned her fruitcake recipe on here before. I remember her pantry; full of baking ingredients, rhubarb from the garden, sacks of potatoes, apples, biscuit and cake tins, it was just like something you would see in a wartime museum.
My grandma died in 1995 and I still miss her – she would have been totally bewildered by the whole internet thing, but hopefully quite proud to have been featured on my blog! Here’s the recipe for her coffee buns – these odd little things are neither biscuit nor cake and they don’t even have any coffee in them! They are so-called, I believe, because they are very tasty as a snack with a mid-morning cup of coffee. I’m entering these into English Mum’s Big Bakeoff, hope you enjoy x
Coffee Buns (makes about 15)
8oz self-raising flour, 4oz butter, 1 egg, beaten, 4 oz brown sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder, 6oz currants/sultanas/raisins, splash of milk.
Rub fat into flour. Add dry ingredients. Mix in egg and milk slowly to form a sticky dough. Spoon dollops of mixture onto a greased baking tray. Bake in oven for 25mins at 180’c.