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December 09, 2012


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I think the Manx version referred to in the article is bonnag, something I've eaten (having grown up in the Isle of Man) and indeed made. There's more about it here: and if you scroll down you'll see a recipe for 'Mrs. Kerruish's Bunloaf' and two other types!

Thanks for that Karen. The one closest to my mother's recipe is the first one below Mrs Kerruish - no eggs, black treacle, etc. I am delighted to have a bit more information about it.

I loved that line about edible archaeology in the Carr novel. And I am most curious to try bunloaf.

I'm a massive fan of Swallows and Amazons, but had never tried bunloaf, so a few years ago I made it (according to the recipe you link to). The trouble is...I have no idea if it turned out right!

To me, it seemed a bit dry (it was tasty with butter spread on) - so perhaps I overcooked it? Or perhaps it is supposed to be dry! (It is called loaf, not cake, after all.)

Do post your own recipe, if it isn't a family secret!

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