Sunday, 17 April 2011

Easter preparations



I can't believe how fast the time has gone- it's almost  Easter!
Hope your Easter preparations are going well according to schedule- in which case you may want to try out these two recipes which I love- you may just have the time: hot cross buns 

                                            and Simnel cake.
Before I came to live in England, I had never heard of hot cross buns- but I have really grown to love these little buns with dried fruit and cinnamon and orange zest .They are really  
 tasty and quite fun to make- and absolutely delicious straight out of the oven with some fresh butter.
And Simnel cake, basically a fruit cake with marzipan, is very festive and yummy and gets you really into the Easter spirit with a nice cup of tea.
I will give you the Easter buns first and the Simnel cake recipe later in the week.
Here are the is the recipe for
Hot cross buns.

This is an overnight recipe so the dough can rise- so remember to start the evening before!!
150 ml milk
2 eggs
50 gr butter
400 gr  white flour
yeast : 2 x packet of dried yeast ( = 2 x 7 gr= 14 gr)
125 g mixed dried fruit
1 clove
grated zest of 1 orange
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger powder
2 cardamom pods

Preparation :
Put the flour, yeast and dried fruit with the spices in a bowl.
Warm the milk with the butter, zest , clove and cardamom, melt the butter in the milk, then leave to let the flavours get into the milk.
Let milk cool till luke warm, then take the cardamom pods out. Beat in the egg, then add the whole of the milk and egg mixture to your flour mixture.Knead through till you have a nice elastic dough.This is best done by hand, as you can feel the dough change.Form into a ball then put in a covered bowl in the fridge overnight.
The next day, take out the dough out of the fridge and let it warm up- I usually use my airing cupboard- you need a warm-ish place with no draughts.The warming up will take at least 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees Centigrade .
Knead the dough again til it feels smooth and elastic.Then spilt it into 16 ball, which you roll between the balls of your hands.Take an oven dish and line or butter it ,and put the litle balls on it. Cut a cross with an kitchen knife in the top of each ball.Cover  the oven dish with a clean tea towel, then let it rise for 2 hours.

Take 1 egg and beat this into a small bowl, then cover the buns with the egg-wash on the top.
Take 3 tablespoons of flour , 1/2 tablespoon od sugar and dissolve this into 2 tablespoons of water, so you have a thick white paste.Use the end of a teaspooon to dribble this white paste as a white cross on top of the buns.
 Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.

Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of hot boiling water, and brush each bun withthe sticky mixture so the buns are all shiny, then ..
try not to eat them all at once !!

Happy baking !!

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Annesphamily said...

My friend who is into her 80s these days has always loved hot cross buns and I see them in the store bakery and think of her. I need to call her! Your post is Easter lovely. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the day. Anne

Marian said...

Ziet er lekker uit, jij bent er al helemaal klaar voor zie ik.
Die hot cros buns zal ik tovh ook eens proberen

Sonia said...

I love your hutch with all your pretty dishes! Those hot cross buns look divine! Makes me think I should try to make them for Easter!!

Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

Miss Bloomers

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

mmm your buns looks so yummy! Your hutch looks so pretty and festive!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Bea,

You are a lady with two golden hands; you manage it ALL... Cross buns I'd never heard of either but when we move to another country we figure out all kind of new cultural things. That's fun and we grow indeed to appreciate them.

Lots of love,


Miss Char said...

I don't know which I like better...your beautiful dish display or your hot cross buns. Thanks so much for sharing today.

Olive said...

Love your Welsh cabinet. I made hot cross buns one time and it was very interesting...yeast is a mystery to me. But I bake many other things...I am not without hope. ♥O

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Your hutch is lovely filled with such pretty dishes. Thanks for sharing.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Wow, those looks so delicious! Wish I could reach right through this screen!!! :) I love your beautiful hutch...what a wonderful display of beautiful china. The birdie cups are absolutely adorable! Love the tablecloth, too!

Jeanne said...

I like your hutch!

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi! Everything looks beautiful and sounds delicious! I always love seeing your lovely creations! :-)

Nancy's Notes said...

What a beautiful hutch, your china is just so pretty too! Thanks for the recipe, it's going to be one to try soon!

Happy I found your blog this morning~


The Tablescaper said...

I'm always admiring your hutch in your header. Your little Easter touches are adorable.

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Angeltea9 said...

So glad I came here.I will continue to come. Love all the Pretty Dishes!