My brain is feeling a little clogged up today. I always blame Thursdays – never could get the hang of them. I have been on and off various types of social media all week, what with my freelance work and trying to get the local Great Rollright Events twitter feed off the ground too (please follow!) – dipping in and out of social media at all hours just makes you feel like you have a constant stream of it going through your brain. Which isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy it, I love the challenge of networking and interacting, reading interesting articles and browsing funny memes. But it has this way of addling my brain, and it’s just too easy to keep dipping back in instead of finding other things to do.
That’s partly why I love to bake & make so much… I think it’s really important to step away from the computer (/iphone/tablet/kindle etc.) regularly and focus on something slower, more real and, preferably, with edible results.
After making fortune cookies last week for a second time with my mum (my fingers still twinge at the memory of that… I really need some kind of heatproof thin gloves for making those in the future!) I also knocked together a batch of chelsea buns as fodder for the long journey to and from my boyfriend’s gig. I love getting stuck into something challenging like the cookies (which by the way, followed a completely failed batch first!) but the contrast of putting these together reminded me that you can make such satisfying home-baking so easily.
I didn’t even use a recipe… I “cheated”.
- Combine one packet of white bread mix, warm water and an egg until you have a dough, which you knead for 5 mins then leave ’til doubled in size. Knock it back & knead a little, then leave to rise a second time.
- Finally, knock your dough back & roll out into a very large rectangle (try and get the dough fairly thin). Cover with brown sugar, mixed spices, currants or trail mix (mine had banana chips & coconut flakes in!), then roll up into a long sausage.
- Slice diagonally into sections and place these together in a square silicone baking tray. Leave to rise again until puffed up to twice the size.
- Brush with melted butter & honey and bake in a hot oven for about 20 mins. After removing them & placing on a wire rack to cool, drizzle with icing sugar & water mix.
Spring is on the way now… so I’m thinking about picnic food. Although be sure to bring some wet wipes. These are sticky!