Iced Bums

Sometimes, now and again, every once in a while I like to surprise my children with a treat not made by me.
The prospect of eating something made in a factory by machines rather than in my kitchen by my hands fills them with ecstasy.
Today it is Iced Bums.

I'm always hoping that after the first couple of bites they will say 'It's not as good as yours Mum'.
Sometimes they do say that, but mostly they don't. And that's alright by me. The sun is shining, it's Friday, there's Rosé d'Anjou and beer in the fridge, there'll be lovely homemade things to eat over the weekend and I am certain that Worcester will beat Moseley tomorrow afternoon.


For those of you who commented on my last post saying you used to keep pussy willow pets, here are some pages from an old book of mine called Nature's Toyshop by Margaret Hutchings. The apple well is also from this book.



  1. What a great book Sue!

  2. Mmmmmmm Mmmm - Iced Buns. I can't remember when I last had one of these little, sticky beauties :0)

  3. Great book.
    I was never a iced bun person, I found the icing bit too thick and sweet.
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  4. Miss Milton, St Margaret's Bay....Kent?

    Just up the road and verrrry beautiful.

    Nina xxxx

  5. Ooh, I would love an iced bun on my sickbed. Can you post one?

  6. Ha , Iced Bums ...love it :0)
    and I do love 'em too.....you keep cream cakes , give me an iced bum anyday.
    Jacquie x

  7. Iced buns make me feel queasy, we went to a relatives house for tea and cake. They has spread the iced buns thickly with margarine, husband and self sat grim faced munching through them. We felt sickly for days afterwards.

    Give me home cooking any day. Your children don't know how lucky they are.

  8. The thought of thickly spread margarine is making me feel queasy too :o(

  9. Hi there! Stumbled on your blog recently and love it! Those iced buns look delish - and your new cook book is on my 'wanted' list!
    Have a great weekend!!
    Kim x

  10. That's exactly what I call them too. Bet you don't call spagetti hoops bums too. No, I don't think you have Heinz Spaghetti Hoops in the Quince Tree larder...:-) Ax

  11. Your bums sure look good. Sorry!!

  12. Anonymous9:53 pm GMT

    Hi Sue,
    I've been reading your blog for awhile and its simply lovely, thank you for sharing with us!
    Have a lovely weekend, Renee

  13. Please tell me that you don't have time on your hands to make pussywillow ducklings, Sue!

  14. No Mary, there are some things in that book that I used to make when I was little though. I've had to evict the pussy willow branches altogether. They don't smell very nice -better in the hedgerows I think.

  15. How funny that your children are delighted by mass-produced treats! My mother wouldn't have margarine in the house (a relic from her wartime past under German occupation) so we regarded it as the most glorious stuff, coming home ecstatic from friends' houses where bread and marge was served. I wouldn't eat the stuff now!

    I could fancy an iced anything now......

  16. Oh I do love an iced bum. But are you a licker-offer, or a biter?

    Rachael (licker-offer)

  17. Oh I do love a visit here - those pussy willow creatures are superb and I was just wondering whay to do with all the buds - brilliant!
    Such a great book,

    Happy Sunday,

    Sarah x

  18. I have an aunt who talks about shop bought cake as though it were an insult. To me, these sticky buns look just the thing, whatever my aunt would say! Claire


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