Batter of flour, butter, sugar with orange. Piped in small rounds, baked. Pairs sandwiched together with apricot jam, dusted with sugar.
We are hugely obliged to 'G Puckett' for discovering this receipt for 'Brighton Sandwiches'; "which seems to be a precursor of your Brighton Buttons. Itís in a manuscript cookery book dated 1866, belonging to a Miss Hudson of Ledsham. Interestingly, though the recipe is remarkably similar, the jam is applied before baking."
Although associated with Brighton, Sussex, the first published receipt we can find is an article in 'The Melbourne Age' of Sept 15 1959, so may be associated with the Melbourne suburb of that name, or any of the eight Brightons in Australia.
Original Receipt from the 'Melbourne Age' - Sept 15 1959
To make these nice biscuits with the catchy name you need 4 oz. butter or margarine, 1 oz. sieved icing sugar, 4 oz. sifted plain flour, finely grated rinds of 2 medium-size oranges, apricot jam.
Cream butter or margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and the grated rinds, and beat lightly until well blended. Put the mixture into a forcing bag with a large plain tube and pipe small rounds of the mixture on to a greased baking sheet, keeping well apart. Bake in a moderately hot. oven (380 deg. F) for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheet with a spatula and cool on a wire tray. When cold sandwich together with apricot Jam.
Melbourne Age - Sept 15 1959
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