I’ve been Bakin’

With Easter coming up, I’ve been full of Ideas for the work blog and social media pages. So I thought I’d share some of my homework with you!

I made some nice and simple chocolate nests to start with. Felt like a little kid again! Who remembers making these?

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Then I really challenged myself… I made some bread… Hot Cross Buns to be precise!

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Having never made bread before (!) this was one hell of a task.

Didn’t really take into consideration the proving times etc, and started this bake at about 10 at night…. Great start!

Hey Ho. If you fancy giving these a go then here’s a recipe I followed from …..

Stuff your gonna need :

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310 ml Warmed milk
60 g Caster Sugar
16 g Dried Yeast
600 g Sifted Plain Flour
1 tsp Salt
1.5 tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
60 g Softened Butter
1.5 Cups of Raisins/Sultanas
2 Large Eggs
Then
60 g Plain Flour
60 ml Water
2 tblsp Apricot Jam – Warmed and Strained
Don’t forget to pre heat your oven to 200 degrees!

*May I just say, this was the first opportunity I’ve had to use my Rosie’s Pantry Hand decorated measuring cups! Got them for Christmas and havnt had the chance to open them. Not that you would want to! Think they should just stay on a shelf tbh…so pretty <3*

So to kick things off I  gathered all my bits together and weighed out all the flour…..so. much. flour! Then I whisked the Sugar, Milk and Yeast together and left for 10 minutes until it was nice and frothy.

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Whilst that was frothing up, I mixed the flour, salt and spices together, then rubbed in the butter so I got a slightly crumbly flour mix.

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Then I poured in the Raisins, eggs, and my frothy yeast mixture. Then it was time to Knead!

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I did about 5 minutes kneading, before giving it a little rest – I lightly greased a large bowl, popped the dough in and covered it in cling film. I left this in the fridge for about 45 minutes. It was supposed to have doubled in size…. I thought it had grown… but not quite doubled… I mean how can you be sure?

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Then there was more kneading… This was a great stress reliever for me I must say! I then divided it into 12 nice round balls (Or 24 for those who cant seem to count…Ahem…that was me. I don’t really know how I did it but I had to start again either way!). This was all a bit much so another little rest was needed. This time in a warm place for 15 minutes. I figured, “Hey the cupboard next to the oven is pretty toasty” *Gets out the widest baking tray I own*, “Lets put it in there…”, Yeah. So that didn’t fit. So I opted for the ‘Crisp drawer’, So aptly named by the Boy, and let them get a little bigger.

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Whilst they got nice and cosy, I whisked up that 60g of plain flower and water to create a weird kind of paste. Once the buns were ready to rumble, I piped a cross over the top and popped in the oven for 10 minutes.

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Then I had to knock it down to about 180 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. (You can always test one by tapping the bottom and listening out for that hollow sound buns have…)

For that finishing touch, I glazed them with warm Apricot jam. Delicious! I got it everywhere mind…. but Nommy all the same!

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2 thoughts on “I’ve been Bakin’

  1. june hopcroft says:

    Well done! .you have taken us through the process very well ,they do look good. All the cooking I have all these years ,never done ,hot cross buns.love from your nanxxx

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