The Legend of Sally Lunn: Sally Lunn Buns
“RECEIPT TO MAKE A SALLY LUN
A well-known cake at Bath
Written by the late Major DREWE, of Exeter
No more I heed the muffin zest
The Yorkshire cake or bun
Sweet Muse of Pastry teach me how
To make a Sally Lun”
Source: The Foods of England Project
“first known published receipt (recipe) is a delightful verse version” (1796).
Close your eyes and imagine a scene in Bath, England over three hundred years ago. In the scene, a young woman is carrying a big basket of “buns” and selling her wares in the lanes around Bath Abbey, near the pastry shop where she works, in Lilliput Alley. If you peek into her basket underneath the big white napkin, you will see large round loaves with the most beautiful golden brown crust, in the shape of fat mushrooms with slightly overhanging “caps”. Even though they are large loaves, they are called “buns” and sometimes referred to as “Bath buns”.