Thursday, 8 December 2011

Nice buns

No time for sewing today as that's pretty much impossible to do with the toddler around. Sadly we're reaching the stage when she doesn't have an afternoon nap <sob>, so less time for craft during the day. However, we're also reaching the age when the government says we can have up to 15 hours of free preschool provision. After Christmas the toddler, or preschooler I should say, will be attending preschool for two mornings a week. Hurrah!

But one thing she does approve of is baking, so today we made rock buns, from a recipe from my trusty 'Grub on a Grant'. This title was a bit of an anachronism even when I was (briefly) a student as maintenance grants went out in about 1995. I'd just like to explain for any younger readers that once upon a time most students were eligible to have their fees paid by a grant from the LEA, and some (including my husband) received a maintenance grant towards living costs on top of that! What a crazy system eh?

I'm sure today's students are too busy working two jobs to supplement their student loans, but if not, here's the recipe:

200g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice
100g margarine (but I prefer butter)
grated rind of 1/2 lemon (I never remember to put this in)
100g demerera sugar
100g mixed dried fruit
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp milk

1. Preheat oven to 200 (conventional) / 180 (fan)
2. Rub together fat, flour and mixed spice with your fingertips until you have a crumb-like mixture
3. Stir in the other ingredients thoroughly
4. Place small dollops into bun-cases and bake for 15-20 mins until golden

I find this makes 12 buns, and it's a good one for getting children involved in as you don't have to worry about being too delicate with the mix.

See you all tomorrow, as it's Friday I'm hoping to get some sewing done...

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