The Kids and I made some delicious fresh hot cross buns this morning, ready just in time for morning tea.
I left the glaze off mine to cut down the sweetness. They were very yum straight from the oven with a warm mocha! I ate two and then had to go for a run to try and burn them off!
Hot Cross Buns Makes 24
Ingredients 8 cups plain flour 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 1/2 T mixed spice 1T salt 2 cups sultanas 1 cup currants 80g butter 600ml milk 4 eggs, lightly beaten
Flour paste 1/2 cup plain flour 4 to 5 tablespoons water
1/3 cup water
2 T sugar
Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan (medium heat). Add milk. Heat until lukewarm. Add milk mixture and eggs to currant mixture. Mix until dough almost comes together.
Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Set aside in a warm place until dough doubles in size.
Punch dough down. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 24 equal portions. Shape into balls. Place balls on lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C.
Make flour paste:
Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.
Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.
One of the things I appreciate about knitting is taking one stitch at a time, slowing down. Knitting a stitch and then doing it over again. Till eventually there you have it. A scarf, sweater or cardigan.
Those simple, small, repetitive steps, done consistently over time create a masterpeice.
Life. I get impatient, forget the little steps. Want it all at once. But it's in the moments of repetition, doing the same things over again where I get results. Daily.