This week in my kitchen…
There is a whole lot of wonderful limes from my dad’s backyard tree. I’ve mentioned my love of the humble lime quite a few times, I never get tired of them. I’m thinking Coconut Lime Pie, Chicken Lime Pasta, Lime Cupcakes, Lime Marmalade… limes, limes, limes. (I’m trying not to think about caipiroska’s.)
Dark Almond chocolate for strength, patience and clarity. Works a treat… well for a little while anyway.
A new Italian cookbook. Won over at Not Quite Nigella, (which was a rather lovely surprise.)
Baking hotcross buns with a sleeping babe attached. It’s how all the bakers are doing it these days, (well ones with new babies anyway.)
Last year I did a few batches of hot cross buns. Trying to find the right recipe that worked for me. I still wanted to tweak it though, as didn’t feel it was quite ‘right’. This time I did part sourdough, part dried yeast… I’m getting there I think.
Hot Cross Buns
200mls hot water
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp dark malt flour
1 tsp dried yeast
250g sourdough starter
100g sugar (2/3 cup, more if you like them sweeter)
100g softened butter
11/2-2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cups flour (675g)
Soak the fruit in the hot water, leave for a couple of hours/ over night. Mix all ingredients together, except for the salt. Autolyse period 20-45 minutes. Add the salt and mix again, then turn out on to a lightly floured bench to knead until you get a lovely smooth ball of dough. Pop the dough back into the bowl, plastic bag over the top and leave to prove. A couple of proves and folds over the next few hours. Then out onto lightly floured surface again and divide into 16 or so portions. Roll into balls, or simply divide to get a more square shape. Pop them on a lined baking tray, cover and leave for another prove.
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
Mix together and spoon into a piping bag just before they hit the oven.
Then bake at 210C for approximately 15-25 minutes, (until golden.)
What’s happening in your kitchen this week?
Have a look over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for other kitchen happenings.