Remember When life was so much easier

Life has been so busy with raising children, running a business,working fulltime you sometimes forget the simple things in life. Remember how things were when you were younger. Today there is so many chemicals and additives added into our everyday items. This year our family is trying to llive a more natural life. This blog will contain recipes, gardening tips, links to other blogs who share the same passion as I do.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A not so lazy Sunday

It certainly has been a busy Sunday today.  Early morning rise at 5.30am.  Washing  to be done as well as baking and some gardening.

Easter is only a few days away so hubby asked me to do a trial run on some homemade Hot Cross Buns.  I love Hot Cross Buns.  None of those Chocolate ones they have in the shop.  Just the original ones but with no peel.  Hubby not a lover of peel.  I am very pleased with the result so I thought I would share the recipe.


1 egg
plus 1 egg yolk
3/4 cup Milk
80 grams butter
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon rind grated
1 teaspoon cinamon
2 teaspoons mixed spice
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 cup sultanas

Place all ingredients in the bread maker and set the breakmaker to mix dough.
Add fruit at the signal.  Most breadmakers will beep so you can add them in.
Once completed take out of breadmaker and punch the dough down.
Roll pieces of dough into a ball.  This mix will make about 16-18 average size buns.
Place these 1/2 inch apart on a greased pan.  Cover and rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours.
Mix up a 1/4 cup of plain flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar and enough water to make a paste. 
This is the mixture to make the cross.  Use a piping bag or a freezer bag with the tip cut off and pipe a cross on each bun.
Bake buns in a preheated oven 180c or 160c if you have a fan forced oven for about 20 minutes.
While the buns are baking mix a 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water together and heat until sugar is dissolved.  Let it simmer for a minute or two.
Take of the heat.  Brush this on the top of your hot cross buns to give them a gloss.

Happy cooking everyone.


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