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Friday, 4 May 2007

Berries and Cherries!

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This is my own take on the Belgian Buns that you can buy in any bakery over here. Sometimes I ice them and add that familiar cherry on the top, but mainly leave them plain, split and spread with unsalted butter - delicious!
I recently found packets of dried fruits that were sublime, and used these instead of ordinary raisins, making the buns a little bit special, Berries and Cherries.

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Call me a cheat if you want, but I make these in the bread machine - they come out light and soft every time.

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Buns with Berries and Cherries

2 teaspoons quick dried yeast
600g strong white bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
25g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons milk powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
Up to 360-370ml water total with egg
4-6oz dried fruit of your choice
1 beaten egg to glaze

Put all ingredients into your bread machine in correct order, except dried fruit.
When it comes to the egg and water, I weigh the egg and then add the water to come roughly to 360-370ml in total.
Put the dried fruit into the dispenser, or add according to your bread maker instructions.
When dough is ready, roll into an oblong roughly 16” x 10” and roll up as if rolling a swiss roll. Use a sharp knife and slice pieces of dough off about 1½” thick, about 10 buns. Put them on a baking tray and flatten them a bit with your hand.
Cover and let rise until doubled in size, brush with beaten egg and bake in a pre-heated oven 350ºF for about 14 minutes.
Cool and ice if wanted. Just add a little water at a time to a couple of cups of icing sugar until you have a stiff but spreadable consistency, top with a glacé cherry.

(Printable Recipe)


andyintelluride said...

Excellent, Nic. I bet you had fun putting all this together. Do you happen to have the recipe for those delicious crepes that Mum always used to make? The pictures of the buns and cookies came out great. Have you thought about opening up a small bakery/cake/coffee shop. I remember Mum saying once that she had always wanted to do that - maybe you two could team up. Can't wait to see more.

Nic said...

Hi Andy!
Thank you for visiting and for your great comments. I'll ask Mum about the recipe and email it to you.
Have a good week, love Nic.

Rico said...

Absolutely love your breads...would love you to make a rustic country bread, and publish the recipe.