Devonshire splits

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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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These small buns were once found in both Cornwall and Devon. The recipes are almost the same, but the splits from Cornwall are larger. A Cornish split spread with treacle (or molasses) is known as ‘thunder and lightning’. In her 1932 book, Good Things in England, Florence White recommends rubbing the splits with a buttered piece of paper after baking to make them shine and then wrapping them in a tea towel to keep them warm. The splits are best served fresh from the oven. When they c