Skip to content
Back Back to Insurance menu Go to Insurance
Back Back to Saga Money Go to Saga Money
Back Back to Saga Magazine menu Go to Magazine
Back Back to benefits Go to benefits
Search Magazine

Singin' hinnies

04 April 2018

Singin’ hinnies are a Northumbrian delicacy. ‘Hinny’ is a term of endearment, and the fat makes these flattish scones ‘sing’ when they are cooking in the traditional way, on a griddle.

Singing hinnies
Singin' hinnies

Cooking time

16 minutes




  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, cubed
  • 50g lard, cubed
  • 75g currants
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4–5 tbsp milk
  • 4–5 tbsp soured cream


Preheat the oven to 200°C and put a baking sheet in the oven.

Alternatively, preheat a griddle or a heavy-based frying pan.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl and then, using your fingertips, rub the fats into the flour until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the currants and salt, then add enough of the milk and soured cream to make a soft dough. Knead lightly until smooth.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out to about 1.5cm thick. Stamp out using a 6–7cm round cutter. Transfer to the preheated baking sheet or griddle and cook for 7–8 minutes, then turn and flatten them slightly and cook for 7–8 minutes on the other side until golden. Serve warm with butter – or sprinkle with caster sugar.

Cook's note

Singin’ hinny was originally made as one large ‘scone’, but this recipe makes individual small hinnies.

The National Trust Book of Scones

National Trust Book of Scones by Sarah Clelland (National Trust Books) - £9.99 - available at (ACE Best Product Award winner)

Visit our scone recipe section for more afternoon tea ideas

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.