Thursday, 12 March 2015

Day 22

Norfolk Fair Buttons (makes loads)

I'm pretty sure that this is not just a Norfolk tradition but it's the one that I know about. In days long past towns and villages throughout the county would hold fairs. It was a time to celebrate the ending of Lent, the arrival of spring and the chance to buy stuff that was needed for the rest of the year. Fair buttons were made and sold at many of these gatherings. As you can see they are very simple to make.


225g plain flour
225g granulated sugar
150g butter
1 egg (beaten)


1. Stir together the flour and sugar until evenly mixed.  

2. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  Beat the egg lightly and work into the mixture to form a stiff pastry.

3. Roll out thinly and cut into rounds.  Bake at 180C on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 10 minutes.  

4. Lift on a wire rack to cool. 

You can flavour them with a few drops of lemon essence or 1/2 tsp of ground ginger.

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