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There is nothing more appealing than walking into a house with the sweet smell of baking overflowing from the kitchen. I have only discovered this magical baked goods with a distinguished taste during my stay in UK and since then I have been craving it with intention to attempt baking my own. The subtle sweetness and combination with a cup of tea is just mere perfection specially for this spring season.
To make those yummy poofs of happiness you need:
– 600 Grams White Flour (Extra For Dusting/ Tougher Dough)
– 45 Grams Unsalted Butter (Cubed)
– 85 Grams Sugar
– 1 Lemon Zest
– 1 Egg
– 250 ml Milk (Lukewarm, Room Temp)
– 125 Grams Dried Fruits (Your Choice: Raisins, Cranberry, Cherry,..etc)
– 2 Tsp. Mixed Spice
– 1 Tsp. Salt
– 1.5 Tsp. Fast Action Yeast
– 2 Tbsp. Flour
– 2 Tbsp. Water
– 1 Tsp. Honey
– 1/3 Cup Of Water
– 2 Tbsp. Caster Sugar
For the buns, sift the flour, salt and ground mixed spice into a large mixing bowl, then rub in the butter using your fingertips. Make a well in the middle of the mixture, adding sugar, lemon zest and yeast. Beat the egg and add it to the flour mix along with the milk then mix it together to get a soft dough.
Take your dough out and put it on a lightly floured surface and carefully add the dried fruits (chopping them small makes it easier). Knead the dough till it’s smooth (we are almost half way through).
Grease a large mixing bowl with butter. Shape the dough into a ball and place it there, covering it with plastic wrap or a wet tea towel for an hour to prove. Take it out and knead it again before forming it into a ball again, then set it aside for another half an hour to rise.
Turn the dough onto a work surface sprinkled with flour, divide the dough into 12 balls and roll it in your hand then flatten slightly to resemble a bun and cover them with a wet tea towel for 10 min to rest. Meanwhile you will be greasing your tray with butter and transfer the buns to it carefully cover them with baking paper and then a plastic bag tightly close but loose on top of them for around 40 min.
You preheat the oven to 250 degrees and start making the cross filling which is a simple mixture of flour and water. Pour the mixture into a plastic sandwich bag and cut the tip to use it as a filling paste. Now you get your the buns slash a cross on them and pipe the paste inside carefully so you do not spill it outside because that will end up burning. To make the glaze, place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and let it boil for 5 min.
Transfer the tray into the oven and bake 8-12 min till they are light golden brown. after you remove them out of the oven you brush them with the glazing you have made to give them that beautiful glossy finish and leave them to cool on a wire rack.
These yummy poofs of happiness would be a great snack with your cup of tea or coffee of choice and would add a certain warmth to a spring day.
Loving Wishes To All