Monday, October 10

Orange and Cinnamon Buns

We seem to be drowning in oranges, so I made Orange and Cinnamon Buns - they are delightfully soft and fluffy and great with a good cup of tea.

For the dough

You can mix by hand (knead about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic) or I put mine in the bread maker pizza setting.

Mix together 
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup of milk
1 large egg
45 grams softened butter
3 cups of bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
grated zest of the oranges
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons of salt (unless you used salted butter and then I don't add this)
2 teaspoons of dried yeast.

Prove until about double in size./

Knock back and then divide into 12 balls - this fits into a swiss roll tin.

Prove again until about double in size - they rise very nicely in a warm spot.

Bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes, until golden.

Ice with a simple icing of icing sugar, orange juice and know of butter. 

As you can see above I iced mine when still very hot - let them cool about 5/10 minutes before icing. 

Sticky Buns - Yeast

Here is a great sticky bun recipe.

This one is yeast based.  So a little forethought is required.


For the dough

1 1/4 cups milk - you can use full cream or light or skim
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
45 g softened butter - unsalted (if you add salt) or salted (if you don't) - I use salted

3 cups of bread flour - you can you plain flour, but I haven't so I don't know how they'd turn out.
2 tablespoons of sugar (white, caster, raw)
1 1/4 teaspoons of salt (but not if you used salted butter)

2 teaspoons of dry yeast 

Mix this all together to form a soft dough - I bung mine in the bread maker and mix it up on the pizza setting, but if you want to do it by hand, knead until you have a  soft, smooth dough - probably will take you about 10 - 15 minutes and then you'll need to let it prove for about 45 minutes.  If you use the bread maker, it does all that for you, so when the timer goes off you can roll and fill.

Whilst the dough is rising for the first rise, make the filling which is

3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon - you can have more or less depending on your last
90g softened butter.

Mix this altogether to make a soft spread.

When your dough has risen, roll out to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle and spread the filling on it.  Roll up and cut into slices about 2cm wide, then place in a baking tray - I get 12 buns and it fills a swiss roll tin nicely. 

Let rise till about double - takes about 30/40 minutes depending on the weather.
Bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes, I turn half way through as my oven is hotter at the back.

Whilst still warm - ice with a simple icing of icing sugar, a knob of butter and enough milk to make a thick icing - then just plop it on with a spoon and tadah.  Gorgeously, gorgeous sticky buns.

Monday, July 18

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

The littlest cherub turned 10 and as we only do a party every 2 years, this time it was a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Alice Headbands - fabric from Spotlight - I made a t-shirt too - sorry no pics, but it doesn't have much stretch to it -and whilst super cute, I wouldn't make anything precious with it.

Mr Cherub being put to work smoothing out the black icing for the Blackboard Cookies - this were a huge hit - we used Candy Melts with sparkles.  My tip use a bigger straw - aka like a thick shake straw.  And there were lots of kids with black teeth and tongues.   I used this recipe as the base and no they didn't spread and I didn't need to chill.  I did need to add a touch of water to make the dough come together.  I also added a drop of Fairy Floss Flavouring as I've heard black can make the icing bitter.

Katherine as Alice the Birthday Girl thanks so much to Maz for sending us the black and white striped stockings 

Cake was red velvet from Layered by Tessa Huff - its a delicious moist, good base for decorating cake.  I miffed it a bit by putting it in too big a tin :( so I had to make two batches.

Fondant came already purple from Lollipop Cake Supplies - the girls in the store are happy cheery and helpful and the store is a wonderland of treats.  

The lollypops and such are from CandyTime at Chermside  mostly.

Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat - Big Tip make sure the kids can't see UNDER the blindfold.  And move the grins after each guess.  Kids are pretty smart.

Flower cupcakes - minature cupcakes, my stock standard vanilla recipe.  Buttercream frosting and a Russian Tip - thanks to my Gazillion Friends, who have been there for the last few weeks, as things were a bit tough :)  Next time I'll make the frosting a bit firmer, they collapsed a bit.

Edible Garden.  Mushrooms are meringues with marshmallow bottoms glued together with white chocolate.  Green tinted coconut.

Mr Cherub - who loves dressing up - Shirt from Lifeline.  Hat from Spotlight, decorated from Minky Stash - Wig Reject Shop.  Tie from from Stash. 

Alice and the Mad Hatter

We ran out of time for the Muscial Hatters, but it was a blast.

Teapot Cookies - Recipe as above.  Used Lighthouse Biscuit Flour, and it made them delicious.

That way? Or this way?

White Queen with a flamingo croquet mallet.

William with his blackboard cookie.  He couldn't decide what to write, so his chalk started melting.  His most favourite teacher to the rescue and she wrote 'William the Procrastinator' - and that's pretty much spot on :)