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Sussex Plum Heavies

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  Self raising flour 8 Ounce
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Ground cinnamon 1 Pinch
  Lard 3 Ounce
  Margarine 3 Ounce
  Currants 4 Ounce, cleaned
  Soft brown sugar 2 Ounce
  Milk 4 Fluid Ounce
  Beaten egg 1 (for glaze)

These are said to have been eaten in the open by shepherds and woodmen. Originally they were made with plain flour, which meant that they were indeed "heavy". By using self-raising flour, the result is a cross between a scone and flaky pastry. They are best eaten the day that they are made.
Sift the flour, salt and cinnamon into a bowl. Mix the fats together and rub one quarter into the flour. Add the currants and sugar and mix to a soft manageable consistency with the milk. Knead the dough lightly on a floured board and roll out to an oblong about 3 0 by 10 cm (12 by 4 inches).
Mark the dough into three and flake one-third of the remaining fat over the top two-thirds of the dough. Fold the bottom third up and the top third down and roll out to the original size. Repeat twice more until all the fat has been used. Leave to rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Roll out the dough to 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick and stamp out 5 cm (2 inch) rounds. Remove a 1 cm (1/2 inch) hole from the centre of each round. Place on lightly greased baking sheets and brush with beaten egg. Bake in a preheated very hot oven (230°C/450°F, Gas Mark 8) for about 7 minutes, then reduce the heat to moderately hot (190°C/375°F, Gas Mark 5) and bake for a further 5 minutes. Makes 24

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2597 Calories from Fat 1473

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 164 g253.1%

Saturated Fat 49.6 g247.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 304.1 mg101.4%

Sodium 3278.7 mg136.6%

Total Carbohydrates 248 g82.8%

Dietary Fiber 11.3 g45.4%

Sugars 72.2 g

Protein 34 g68.7%

Vitamin A 69.1% Vitamin C 77.7%

Calcium 97.3% Iron 70.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Sussex Plum Heavies Recipe