Discovering new recipes is fun, especially if they’re easy to make, doubly good if they can be made on a campfire and even better if the kids can cook them too.

This is a simple, super-quick recipe that can be cooked in a heavy pan on campfires anywhere and is also perfect as a warm after-school snack to replace much-needed calories.

But what the heck is a Singing Hinny you may well ask?! Find out how to make them below.

At a 9-day International Cub and Scout Jamboree in August, we were tasked to produce a showcase of things from our home countries and local areas so that visitors from around the world could sample a flavour of the cultures and lives of fellow Scouts in other countries.

Our group organised an English tea party with bunting, croquet, country dancing, cream teas and, a Northumberland delight I’d never heard of, Singing Hinnies…

Hinnie is actually a Northumbrian or north-east English word for female, lass or ‘honey’!

What Is A Singing Hinnie?

A Singing Hinny or Singin’ Hinny is a kind of sweet bannock, made into round, flat scones and cooked in a frying pan or on a griddle or skillet; a griddle-cooked drop scone if you like, an original pan cake.

The ‘singing’ refers to the sound they make when browning in the pan. Sources say it’s the fat sizzling but we think it’s the raisins whistling as they heat up!

They’re apparently called fatty cutties in Scotland but I much prefer Singin’ Hinny!

How to Make a Singing Hinny

With just five ingredients and fried in a pan Singing Hinnies take about 15 minutes to make from start to finish. Easily cooked on a campfire they are absolutely delicious!

You will need: –

  • 8oz self raising flour
  • 2 oz butter
  • 3 oz raisins
  • 3 oz sugar
  • Milk/water
  • Oil for cooking
Image of four small cakes in black frying pan next to saucepan
Our Cub camp cakes – more rounded and thicker than traditionally and no electrics needed


  1. In a bowl rub the flour and butter together
  2. Mix in the sugar and raisins
  3. Add milk a little at a time until the mixture becomes a stiff dough
  4. Mould into small round cakes or patties
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan
  6. Place patties in pan and brown both sides until golden – listen for the singing!
  7. Serve straight from the pan, warm with butter and/or jam
  8. ENJOY!!

Image of plate of browned cakes with white ramekin of jam and spoon, peach coloured rose stem and pat of butter

After watching them being made at Cub camp, Caroline and I made our first batch at home – smaller than the camp ones as they’re supposed to be and with spelt flour hence the browner look.

We enjoyed tongue-in-cheek elevenses, with spoons for the jam and everything, and ate the lot! The Bronte girls we were not!

Bannock always reminds me of my friend Julia, who would love these sweet campfire treats though perhaps with less sugar! She was even more in my mind this day because of the gift of the delicate, sepia-like rose stem from ‘Nana’ (Julia’s Mum). It’s called ‘Julia’ and was gifted to Nana when Julia died last year.

After-School Snack Treat

You can throw together Singing Hinnies in about 15 minutes including cooking time so they are perfect as warm after-school snacks in the Autumn and Winter. And frankly any time of year the kids feel like a scrumptious, treat before heading out to play.

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Little hands made light work of our Singing Hinnies (though I couldn’t quite capture on film the evaporating warmth rising up as we broke them open for tasting).

Why not join the Urban Cookfire Revolution and get your kids cooking in the garden? This is a great starter recipe.

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