Bath bun

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Bath bun
Type Sweet roll
Place of origin United Kingdom
Region or state Somerset
Main ingredients Sugar, candied fruit peel, currants or raisins or sultanas
Cookbook:Bath bun  Bath bun

The Bath bun is a rich, round yeast leaven sweet roll that has a lump of sugar baked in the bottom and more crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking.[1] Variations in ingredients include candied fruit peel, currants or larger raisins or sultanas.

It has been claimed that William Oliver, inventor of the Bath Oliver dry biscuit, also invented the Bath bun,[2] but that it proved too fattening for his rheumatic patients. It is more likely that the Bath bun is descended from the 18th century 'Bath cake'. References to Bath buns date from 1763, and they are still produced in the Bath area of England.[3] The original 18th century recipe used a brioche or rich egg and butter dough which was then covered with caraway seeds,[4] coated in several layers of sugar similar to French dragée.[5]

The 18th century 'Bath cake' may have been the original of the Sally Lunn bun[4] although this is disputed, but the Sally Lun bun also originates from Bath.[5]

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  1. ^ Sutton, Henry. "The Bath Bun". Enjoy England. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Biography of Dr Oliver
  3. ^ "Bath". About Britain. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Davidson, Alan, "Bun" in Oxford Companion to Food, Oxford: Oxford University Press], 1999), p. 114. ISBN 0-19-211579-0
  5. ^ a b "Local Bath Delicacies". Visit Bath. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 

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