Recipe: English Buns

Set a sponge over night with 1 cake of compressed yeast dissolved in a cup of warm water, 3 cups of milk and flour enough to make a thick batter. Then add 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1 cup of sugar, a salt-spoonful of salt, 1/2 teaspoonful of soda, 1/2 nutmeg grated and flour enough to make a stiff dough. Let raise five hours; then roll out half an inch thick and cut into round cakes. Lay in a well-buttered baking-pan. Let stand half an hour; then bake until a light brown. Brush the top with white of egg beaten with pulverized sugar.

Dishes & Beverages of the Old South, by Martha McCulloch Williams (Year 1913)