7. Bride’s Bonn

Preparation info
  • Makes

    2 rounds

    (cut into 8 triangles each)
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Scottish Baking

By Sue Lawrence

Published 2016

  • About

Bride’s Bonn is a traditional Shetland cake or bread – formerly it was a sweet oat bannock, then later it became a thick round of shortbread. This was broken over the bride’s head by the womenfolk as she entered the house for the wedding party after the church service. The practice was rather like the custom of throwing confetti in our days, though with the shortbread, guests would scrabble for pieces to take home and put under their pillows as they were meant to have special attributes tha