5. Black Bun

Preparation info

  • Serves

    12–16

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Scottish Baking

Scottish Baking

By Sue Lawrence

Published 2016

  • About

‘There were stacks of Scots Bun, a dense black substance inimical to life, and full moons of shortbread adorned with peel or sugar plum in honour of the season and the family’s affections.’

Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh Picturesque Notes.

Though it is not one of my favourite dishes, I do not agree with Stevenson that black bun is ‘inimical to life’, though I can understand that the malevolent appearance