Pain in the arse!!!
I know, I know, you thought I'd gone all Lionel Richie on you for a moment there didn't you?
Fear not, I'm still far more Punk than Funk!
My niece is down for a few days but better than that she had brought her brand new baby with her.
Oh my God she is SO adorable that I've COMPLETELY forgiven her for making me a Great Aunt.
She is so adorable that I've also so far completely forgotten to take any photos, too busy rubbing my cheek against her head and squishing her little body against mine and SNIFFING her.
My niece is pretty adorable too so when the subject of Easter came up and we got to talking about Hot Cross Buns and she asked if I would make some I foolishly said YES.
It's YEARS since I've made Hot Cross Buns and I forgotten that there was a very good reason for that.
I'd actually forgotten how to make the things too so I googled it.
And I broke my golden rule when cooking ...
NEVER pick the first recipe you google!
There are dozens of different recipes for the buns. What I should have done is read a few and pick the easiest - after years of creaming butter and sugar together I discovered the all in one Victoria Sponge recipe and not only does it make the best sponge it's so much easier. I should have remembered that!
But no, I picked the one that said:
1. Make the dough (I won't give you all the details of what goes in them).
2. Kneed the dough.
3. Prove the dough.
4. Knock the dough back.
5. Prove the dough for a second time.
6. Cut and shape the dough into buns.
7. Rest the dough.
8. Prove the dough for a THIRD time.
9. Make a paste for the crosses on top.
10. Pipe crosses on the thrice proved dough.
11, Bake the buns.
12. Glaze the buns with warmed golden syrup (a new one on me, I've always used apricot jam before)
Two and a half fricken hours later I finally had Hot Cross buns that I could have bought for a quid at any supermarket, a kitchen knee deep in flour and bits of dough setting like concrete on my kitchen counter!
I'd like to say that on the plus side they taste far superior to the shop bought ones but the truth is I'm not sure (after all that bloody work) that they do ...