Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hot Cross Buns!

Ahhhhhhhh i love hearing that song played on the recorder. It just reminds me of my childhood. :) Hot Cross Buns are just the perfect comfort food don't you think? Last night was our Easter FHE lesson so i figured i'd make them for the treat. We had the lesson complete with paper cut outs about how Jesus died and was placed in the tomb and on the 3rd day he was resurrected. Then we discussed the symbols of Easter. And how we eat Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday because they have the cross on them that symbolises the crucifixion. Then we, well Graham and I ate a hot cross bun that i made from scratch in my breadmaker. Ethan was opposed to homemade ones for some reason. *rolls eyes* I have to say they were delishious! So good. Here's the recipe -

In your breakmaker place these ingredients in this order -

1 egg
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
60g brown sugar ( i'm wondering if i can replace this with honey...something to experiment with next time)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
520g whole wheat plain flour
2.5 teaspoons dry yeast
310ml warm water

Select your dough cycle. 15 minutes into the cycle add 3/4 cup mixed dried fruit or just sultanas if you don't like fruit peel.

At the end of your dough cycle it will be REALLY puffy. Mine was almost spilling over. lol Take it out and gently kneed on a floured surface for a couple of minutes. Just until it's not sticky. Divide into balls however big you want them and place them on a greased tray. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl mix together -

80g plain flour
80ml water
1 teaspoon sugar

Put into a piping bag and pipe on the crosses on top of your buns.

Put them in a preheated 180C oven and cook for 25 minutes. When they come out of the oven you can put a glaze on them or leave them.

Glaze -
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon gelatin

Combine and heat on Medium for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Brush over hot buns.

I didn't do the glaze because i was lazy.

Serve your buns cut in half and spread with real butter. *drool* try not to eat them all at once.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fondant Cake

My second fondant cake! I was asked to make a cake for the Relief Society Birthday Dinner. The theme was "If friends were flowers, i'd pick you" I thought straight away that i'd use fondant since i've been wanting to experiment with it more. I googled cake photos and tutorials and figured i could make roses. Looked easy enough. I decided to make the Pioneer Woman's chocolate sheet cake but in a round tin. Unfortunately that didn't work out. For some reason the bottom of the cake didn't cook. So it was back to the old faithful recipe that i've been using for years for birthday cakes - Chocolate Fudge Cake. It's the yummiest chocolate cake ever! I made the marshmellow fondant and put a little passionfruit flavouring in it. It's so yum. I have some left over which i may or may not get to eat. My kids like it too! I found a tutorial for fondant flowers and the woman doing it suggested putting bits of toilet paper in mini muffin tins. I did paper towel though in case you were wondering. I didn't think toilet paper was all that hygenic since the toilet paper is stored BESIDE the toilet and my boys can't aim that well all the time.
Anyways it worked so well at propping up the flowers while they dried. Here's a pic -

I made a vanilla buttercream to put between the layers of cake (2 layers) and over the entire cake so that the fondant had something to stick too. And then i layed the main pink fondant over, put the flowers on and voila! oh and i did add some sheer purple ribbon around the bottom.

And it was yum. super yum!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Recent Projects

Crocheted Necklace - you can find the pattern here. I think it's really cute! And it's so easy.

Memory Wire Bracelet
Earrings - the little blue beads match the ones on the bracelet - i LOVE drop earrings.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding

My dish arrived!!! It came yesterday and i was so excited. I am seriously impressed and in love with the dish. It's HUGE. Alot bigger then i was expecting. I'm going to have some fun cooking in it! It would be really good for a large family or for a potluck dinner.

The recipe had great potential but it didn't turn out as good as i'd hoped. But before i turn you all off lets get going with it and see what we can do to improve it.

The dish - as you can see it fits right across my stovetop!

The ingredients-6 chocolate hot cross buns. (I used regular fruit ones. And i used 8 instead of 6).
-30g unsalted butter
- 125g roughly chopped chocolate. (I used Club 70% cocoa. The darker the better in my opinion.)
- 1 vanilla bean. (I used a 1/2 teaspoon of imitation vanilla.)
- 600ml thin cream
- 600ml thickened cream
- zest of 1 orange. (I used a seville orange)
- 4 eggs
- 170g castor sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy(optional) I used orange juice because i don't consume alcohol.

First up cut your hot cross buns in half and butter one side. Place them in the dish.
Next scatter over roughly chopped chocolate. Taste it just in case the chocolate is poisoned.

Replace the lids.
Next start making the custard. In a bowl put your eggs, sugar and juice.

Mix until just combined.
On the stove in a saucepan put your cream and orange zest. Heat slowly on low heat until it just starts to simmer.
Remove from heat and add the egg mixture. Stir well.

Pour in and around your hot cross buns. mmmmmmm. Then leave them for 30minutes so that they can soak up the custard a bit.
Preheat your oven to 170C.

Place your buns in a large roaster or something else big enough. Fill half way up with boiling water. If you've ever made baked custard then you know what i'm talking about.
Bake for 45 minutes.....or an hour....or however long it takes to cook that custard. Recipe says 45minutes...i found i cooked mine for an hour and it STILL wasn't cooked.

Finshed product! Looks yum huh? It IS yum but the custard is so 'creamy' that it made me feel ill. The actual hot cross bun was divine though. I am not sure why the custard didn't set. I used the exact quantities for the custard. Some was set around the actual buns and a little on top but underneath was just runny like cream. And there was a heap of custard. Maybe it was too much? Maybe half the custard would be better. I'd like to try and make a healthier version of this so that it can be eaten and enjoyed for Easter. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!!!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Recipe and product Review

I love cooking. I love trying new recipes and making people happy with food. I guess you could say that I ‘love’ with food. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s not so good. Not so good for my waistline…or lack thereof. Nevertheless I am excited for Easter. One of the best parts of Easter is Hot Cross Buns. That and the massive amounts of chocolate I am ‘allowed’ to consume because hey, it’s EASTER! And whoever invented chocolate hot cross buns should be given some sort of award.

Thanks to the awesome people at Buyster I get to preview a little something for the kitchen. They don’t just sell kitchen stuff however they sell all sorts of things – Furniture, Home Decor, RUGS! I didn’t even know you could buy rugs online. But you can! Right here - http://www.buysterrugs.com.au

What I am going to be doing is reviewing a baking dish. See it here. Looks awesome. And the recipe I will be attempting is Chocolate Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding. You’ll get to see me make this step by step and hopefully it will taste good! Not that you will be able to taste it. But I’ll tell you all about it. ;) And then maybe you can make one too.

Stay tuned!!