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Whittingham Buttons

I love, LOVE the traditional recipes of the UK.  They are typically very regional and often historical, having a great deal to do with the farming practices, traditions, landscape and history of the area in which they have been developed.
Whittingham is a small village deep in the moors of Northumberland. The recipe for them is a very local recipe, which might or might not have been discovered by accident.  Happy accident or not, they can be found at most bake shops in Northumberland.  I have not been lucky enough to taste one  in Whittingham, but I do have a very nice cookery book  from the National Trust, which shares a multitude of these local, regional and historical recipes . . .  and from the moment I discovered the recipe was keen to bake my own at home. 
The recipe has been adapted from one I found in the National Trust, Complete Traditional Recipe Book, by Sarah Edington. 

The photograph in the book of these biscuit/cookies was very visually appealing.  From the moment I saw it I could just envision sitting down to one or two of these along with a nice hot drink, and we are into hot drink season for sure!

The ones in the book look really puffy and I think you can tell by me putting the two side by side, mine and theirs  . . .  mine did not actually turn out the same, although they are still very delicious. 

The recipe calls for custard powder, which I normally have in my cupboard.  (In North America you can get it from Amazon, (US) or Amazon, (Can), and a few other spots, even in some grocery stores.) I didn't have any when I checked . . . . or at least I couldn't find it.  I did have this, however . . .  
I used this instead, but I don't think it was exactly the same thing as the Bird's Custard Powder because my cookies were not in the least bit puffie.
They spread out a lot and I actually had to cut them apart with a round cookie cutter, which was not a problem and left us lots of nice crispy trimmings to munch on.  I also had to re-poke the holes in the centre, which I did with the smaller end of a chop stick.

At first I thought they were inedible and despaired at the waste of my time and ingredients, but actually, they turned out to be VERY delicious indeed, if not totally the same as those in the photograph.  I would not call these a failure in the least, although if you want to have puffie ones I would use the Birds Custard powder.   
*Whittingham Buttons*Makes 12 to 16Printable Recipe 
A traditional biscuit/cookie hailing from a small village in Northumberland called Whittingham. Crisp and sweet. 
175g butter (3/4 cup + 1/2 TBS)75g icing sugar (1/2 cup plus 3 1/2 tsp)175g plain flour (1 1/3 cups)50g custard powder (scant 1/3 cup)

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4.  Butter a large baking sheet. 

Cream the butter and sugar together...
URL: http://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.com


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