Devonshire Splits

Devonshire Splits

These mouth-watering yeast buns are traditionally split in half and spread with thick Devonshire cream and strawberry jam. They may be served either hot or cold. 16 BUNS ½ oz. fresh yeast 1 teaspoon castor sugar 2 tablespoons lukewarm water 1 lb. [4 cups] flour J teaspoon salt 10 fl. oz. [1 1/4 cups] lukewarm…

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