Singing hinny is a speciality of northeast England. It is a cake made typically from flour, butter, sugar, lard, cream, and currants, baked on both sides on a griddle. Its ‘song’ is the sizzling, hissing sound it makes as it cooks, and the hinny in its name is presumably the Geordie (and Scots) version of honey, used as a term of endearment (as in ‘Cheer up, hinny!’). It has been a part of Northeast culture since at least the early nineteenth century, as John Brockett reports in his Glossary of North Country Terms (1825): ‘Singing hinny, a kneaded spice cake baked on the girdle; indispensable in a pitman's family.’
Subjects: Medicine and Health — Cookery, Food, and Drink.