I wasn’t sure I had the strength to write anything tonight. Owen and I spent the day in the kitchen. We made a brisket — half a brisket because the whole thing was big enough to feed at least eight people and the half had leftovers. I used a North African recipe and just to round out the holiday, it being both Passover and Palm Sunday — and none of us religious, but all of us like food — we baked hot cross buns — without the cross. We are a household of people who don’t eat icing. They were very good, but if we make them again, we need to keep more moist.
HOT CROSS BUNS
4 3/4 – 5 cups white flour (DEPENDING ON THE FLOUR) Used four, probably should have used half a cup less.
1/3 cup sugar (I think half a cup would have been better)|
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 packages of active dry yeast (5 teaspoons)
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 beaten eggs
1 cup raisins or craisins (or more). If you prefer, you can used any mixed dried fruit.
Use a stand mixer. Beat the eggs with the milk and water. Melt the butter. Warm the water, milk and butter to just tepid or a little warmer. Beat in the eggs. Add to all the rest of the dry ingredients (including the yeast and the fruit) Add a cup and a half of flour. You’ll use the rest when you mix it with the dough hook. It make a pretty dry dough, so you may want to add a bit more milk and water.Beat in mixer, then knead for five or six minutes. Let it rise till about doubled in a covered, oiled bowl. When risen, punch down the dough. An oiled ice-cream scoop is a good measure for the right amount of dough for a bun. You’ll need two cookie sheets and should have 18 to 24 buns. Cover the balls of dough. When risen, bake them. Best warm!
I’m so stuffed I can barely breathe. By most people’s standards, I didn’t eat that much, but for me, it was a lot of food. I think I’m one Ginger Snap over the line. Oh, I forgot. Also ginger snaps.
So forgive me if I keep this brief. I hope tomorrow I will have digested enough that my brain is working again. Right now, all I can say is the food was great, but I should have stopped before dessert!