This is Grandma Davis’ famous Hot Cross bun recipe. I remember her making these by the dozen every year around Easter. She’d often get together with Great-grandma Heiser and Aunt Hyet Swartz and bake all day long. One year, probably in the late 1960’s, they made over 120 dozen. I found a card in Grandma’s recipe file that did all the ingredient extensions for multiplying the volume.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Add shortening, sugar, salt to milk. When milk has cooled to lukewarm, add yeast that has been dissolved in water. Add beaten eggs
Add flour and cinnamon and beat well.
Add currants (floured with a portion of the flour)
Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
Shape in the form of biscuits and place in a greased pan. Cover and let rise for another hour.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool. Make an icing cross on the tops and coat lightly with powdered sugar (optional).
This is Grandma Davis’ recipe for Spotty Dog, an old English/Welsh dessert. This is massive in calories, so tread lightly. I used to love this as a youth, but haven’t had it in decades. I’m not sure I’d still like it.
I believe that the actual name for this dish is Spotted Dick, but knowing my mom (Betty Heiser Davis) and her mom (Harriett French Heiser) they changed the name to Spotty Dog to avoid any joking around.
By the way – you can buy canned Spotted Dick if you want to try this before making it. I’m sure a sauce recipe can also be found online.
Mix all ingredients together and form into a loaf shape. Roll (wrap) tightly in a clean white cloth. (Grandma sometimes would use a clean old man's hanky). Fasten in with large safety pins (including the ends).
Place on rack in large dutch oven (or large oven roasting pan). Cover with boiling water and cook for 3 hours. (Try to turn it over after 2 hours).
Let cool a while before removing the pins and wrapping.
Serve topped lightly with sugar. Grandma sometimes made a lemon sauce to go on top but I don't have this recipe.