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  • firebeard 5:51 pm on April 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Hot Cross Buns 

    I got stuck in yesterday and made a batch of hot cross buns.

    It turned into a fun project which structured my day as I worked on them on and off. In the morning I got out a couple of books for reference. I am trying to learn how to use spreadsheets so I played around setting up a couple to convert imperial units and experiment with recipe proportions. Then onto the proper baking everything weighed out and into the mixer. Once it was kneaded and boxed up I walked the dogs while it fermented. After lunch I knocked it back, stretched out the dough and added the fruit. About an hour later I knocked it back again, spread the dough out and rolled it up again to help distribute the fruit. It had another hour to ferment while I cleaned the oven. Then I scaled and shaped the buns and put them in the oven with a tray of boiling water to stop them forming a skin while they proved. Nearly two hours later I glazed the buns while the oven preheated. After baking I gave them a second coat of glaze to create the sticky top crust. Then of course comes the most important part of a days baking, giving them away. I called in on my Father with some for him than took some over for my sister and her family. Time and baking projects is always a strange thing. What did I do yesterday? Did I really spend all day making twenty one hot cross buns?

    • Tea & Sympathy 9:30 am on April 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This is a fab post, the hot cross buns look tasty. We have been getting exited about easter too! For a bit of a traditional English take on things you might like our roast lamb recipe http://teaandsympathynewyork.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/easter-roast-lamb-dinner/

    • bethesdabakers 8:41 pm on April 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Howdy Joe

      You and Jay are doing good work – we’re going to France for four weeks in May to shape up for Trefriw..

      Didn’t do Hot Cross Buns this year. Did Zeb’s kugel – story at thepartisanbaker.com

      Best wishes


  • firebeard 6:39 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Easter Baking 

    Hi folks what are you baking over the Easter? Seasonal specials like hot cross buns and simnel cake. Your regular daily bread, or taking advantage of the time off work to experiment with something new.

    I have not had much time for baking recently so hearing what you are all up to would be great inspiration to kick me off again.


    • stig23 9:30 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      hi Joe – this is about B&Bs not easter baking, because I can’t work out how to get from the dashboard to this blog with a new comment. Can you point me to the B&Bs on the Trefriw website which are closest to the rugby club, since I shall be on foot?

      I’ll be making the house white leaven on Monday, on return from the inlaws. And have been buying hot cross buns from the Flour Station, which are still wonderful but I think they have made them sweeter this year.

      happy easter! Stig

      • jay 4:16 pm on April 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Stig,
        All the guest houses in Trefriw are a stones throw from each other,however the rugby club is a quarter of a mile from the village along a road with no footpaths.
        There is a regular bus service with a stop at the rugby club, or a lift could easily be organised.
        If you would like to discuss accommodation please call me on 01492 641009



    • chocveg 3:51 pm on April 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am going to find a B&B too, so maybe the same one as Stig?

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