Tests for Readiness: Basic Recipe

Plain Buns or Cookies

Preparation info

  • 24–32

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      10 min

Appears in

Mrs Beeton's All About Cookery

By Isabella Beeton

Published 1861

  • About

(Self-raising flour can be used for any of the following, in which case omit the raising agent.)


  • 1 lb. plain flour
  • ¼ teasp. salt
  • 2–6 oz.


Sift flour and salt into bowl, cut in fat with round-bladed knife, then rub with fingertips till quite fine. Add sugar and baking-powder. Mix with egg and milk to a stiff consistency. (The fork with which the buns are mixed should stand up in the mixture.) Divide into pieces and form into rocky heaps on a greased baking-sheet. Bake in a hot oven (450 °–425° F., Gas 8–7).