Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BLACK BUN, n. (See first quot.) Sc. 1929 F. M. McNeill Scots Kitchen 188:
Black bun. A Festive Cake at Hogmanay. Big blue raisins, currants, sweet almonds; orange, lemon, and citron peel; flour, Demerara sugar, ground cloves or cinnamon, ground ginger, Jamaica pepper, black pepper, baking soda, buttermilk or eggs, brandy; crust: flour, butter, water.
w.Dmf. c.1900 J. L. Waugh Mumper 104:
I'se warrant ye hae nae black bun or currant loaf to first-fit wi'.

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