Ten Things of Thankful #94

Unlike the Son of God, my ‘Hot Cross Bunnies’ did NOT rise again. They didn’t even rise ONCE. Apparently I’m no good with yeast-based recipes (couldn’t tell you why – perhaps I need new yeast? I’m not one of nature’s little bakers, and it seems as though bready kinds of things are consistently beyond my capabilities) but the bunnies looked damn good on the tray PRIOR to the point where I tried to give them a second proving, and they all ended up misshapen and wibbly.

BE AS THAT MAY – it’s Good Friday morning as I type this, and the flat is slowly filling with the scent of mixed spices and baked goods, and scrumptiousness. So that’s alright.

Hot Cross Bunnies

They count as my first Thing, cos they’re currantly (geddit?) smelling delicious and my stomach is growling and I can think of little else, bar the fruity, spicy goodness, with butter melting slightly in the middle of the….OHMIGOSH…I’ve just thought – this means I’m going to have to butcher the bunnies to butter their innards! Oh BOO!

Update – I’ve just taken them out of the oven to cool, and they’ve turned into great big, fat, roundy-delicious, hot, hot, Hot Cross Bunnies, and they’re SO adorable…I just need to wait for them to cool, then I’ll glaze them and BOOM, baby!

So what else? Life’s been challenging, again, so I’ve been scraping around looking for silver linings – determinedly running out in the rain to shout at the clouds and send them scurrying sideways to let a few glimmers of sunshine through. I’ll share the glimmers, and some are distinctly shinybeautiful, so there’s that.

My job this week has kept me busy and distracted and mostly up-and-together, doing something straightforward and achievable. That’s really important. It also didn’t rain on me (too much) and THAT’S really important, too. Or, it is if you’re like me and you hate, hate, HATE the rain (especially on my hands but I’ve really no idea WHY that bothers me so much).

Rain

My office day was incredibly productive – I completed the very first of my diploma units to the point where I printed out a load of submission forms, had it counter-signed by my assessor, and SENT IT OFF TO BE GRADED. Super exciting! I also took an exam and passed, if not with flying colours, then robustly and with confidence.

My darling Soulie CLEANED MY KITCHEN! Ohmigosh. He did SUCH a good job of it, and so many things are *sparklyshinywonderful* which were shamefully messy before. I tell you what – if you want a vetting process for letting a homeless person stay with you – just check if they like cleaning, and if they do, they’re IN! (Kidding – I’d let Vince stay even if he made a mess instead of tidying it. Probably)

Today (Good Friday (not at work because it’s a Bank Holiday (as, in fact, is Easter Monday, so I get two days off work to do with as I will (and Monday, join in an Easter Egg hunt with Niece and Neff (and perhaps try making Hot Cross Bunnies again, but with new yeast (I think the two days off work count as their own thankful – don’t you? Let’s just say they do)))))) I’m going to get to spend a HUGE chunk of time with my Sis, which is important and wonderful because we both seem to not manage to keep up with one another as much as would probably be good for us. So we’re gonna.

I’m participating in NaPoWriMo over at the Well Tempered Bards, and to be honest, I’m SUPER happy about it, because I was experiencing a real log-jam for poetry, and the prompts and the effort I’m making to actually DO the poem-a-day thing, is helping to un-bung all kinds of neural pathways. YAY POETRY!

I’VE HAD AN INVITATION! Looooooooooook! ME, who veryvery rarely gets invited to parties – invited to ANOTHER GLORIOUS LITERARY EVENT, hot on the heels of Helena’s party last week! I’m loving that I’ve fallen in with a circle of writers and authors who are so willing to include me and let me join in with their fun and promotions. SO if you’re a writer, poet or musician, DO let me know if you want to join us, and I’ll do my best to add your name to the list at the door. There are going to be games, Q&A sessions, featured Creative Types, the chance to just ask ANY of those talented people any question you like about their work. And of course there will be PRIZES!

Speakeasy TamaraKeep your eyes peeled, too – there are some truly DELICIOUS writers coming up on A Slip of the Lit soon (which, this week, was graced by none other than THE PARTY-PLANNER POET herself – Mizz Tamara Woods.

I’ll leave you with something to PIN, and a recipe to go with it, because fo REAL; since making these, I’ve had compliments and requests til my head is SPINNING. The bunnies are COMPLETELY delicious and NOT MY RECIPE. Though if you do what I did and forget to add the spices until AFTER the kneading, I guess you kind of make it your own…but I’ll still link to the original, by Sorted, because those lads are AWESOME and I don’t want to go to jail for the sake of a baked good (even one as amazing as these are)

SORTEDfood Hot Cross Bunnies Pin

Ingredients:

For the buns
350g strong white/bread flour
150g wholemeal flour
1 tsp salt
1 tblsp caster/superfine sugar
1 tblsp mixed spice
1 egg
2 tblsp mixed peel
150g sultanas/raisins
300ml warm milk
7g dried yeast

For the crosses
100g plain flour
50ml water

For the glaze
3 tblsp apricot jam
3 tblsp water

METHOD:

Dissolve the sugar in the milk and warm it to body temperature. Sprinkle on the yeast, then stir it, allowing it time to activate. Put the flour, salt, spices, egg, mixed peel and milk mixture into a bowl and combine them until they form a lump, then knead for ten minutes. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a clean tea-towel. Leave in a warm room until the dough has doubled in size, or about an hour. Knock back the dough and then stretch it into a pocket to hold the sultanas. Knead them through, then divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape them how you wish (bunnies is cool but if you prefer regular buns, that’s okay too). Place them on greaseproof paper on a baking tray and leave them to prove for a second time, now for 45 minutes.

Pre-heat your oven to 200C/390F. Mix the plain flour and the water (a little at a time) until you have a thick paste. Spoon it into a piping bag and pipe the crosses onto the bun(nnie)s. Place into the oven for 16-18 minutes until golden brown, then remove from oven and allow to begin cooling.

Put the jam and water into a small saucepan and warm it through until it all goes runny, then paint it onto the tops of the buns with a pastry brush. Decorate with sprinkles whilst the glaze is wet, if so desired.

ENJOY!

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51 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful #94

    • I was enchanted when I came across the idea. I’d wanted to make hot cross buns anyway, but these were just so CUTE! I had some lovely times over the weekend, thank you. I hope you did, too 🙂

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  1. You should celebrate Passover, Lizzi…no yeast allowed! The bunnies would look like road kill, though.

    I’m sorry life has been challenging lately. I hope the silver linings become much easier to see very soon. xoxo

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  2. I find with yeast recipes, they struggle to prove if you had the yeast near the salt quite early on. Not that is always needs it but it always produces better results to mix yeast with warm water, little sugar and a splodge of milk, on it’s own for 10 minutes. Then use this to to mix in your dry mix.
    Cleaning…urghh, my husband is way better at being a housewife than me. I just can’t role swap with him as he is awful at parenting, so he gets to clean minus childcare.
    Love the way those bunnies look, you did great!

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    • Thank you 🙂 I made them again today, and I did precisely what you said (before I knew you said it) and I added some sugar to the warm milk, which I think made the difference. Next time I’m going to make the milk slightly warmer and leave it for a little longer to get going. There was more of a rise going on today, but not by much. I DID remember the spices this time, though, so that was an improvement.

      We have yeast which comes in a little tin can to stay fresh. Not honestly sure how fresh it is any more, which could be another contributing factor.

      So glad you like these – thank you 🙂

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  3. I may be attempting your bunnies for my A to Z Challenge! There are a couple of your ingredients that I have NO idea what they are, though. Caster sugar? Strong white flour? Sultanas?
    Glad you had a good week at work. And took AND PASSED tests. And got your kitchen cleaned. And got invited to cool places like literary parties. And that you have Monday off (I really think Jesus meant for ‘Muricans to get it off, too. He needs to do something about that!).

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    • Thank you 🙂 There were a number of really great things about the week. And Jesus definitely thought Muricans should have monday off, too. Dunno why but the gvt might not be listening to him. Again.

      YES DO THE BUNNIES! WHOOOOOT! I’m making them again this morning. A hint – add the sugar to the milk and warm it through before adding the yeast – that way the yeast activates better.
      Caster sugar is a finer grain of sugar than regular – I don’t know if it might be called ‘superfine’ sugar there, by the looks of google.
      Sultanas are like bigger, paler raisins. They’re made from a different variety of grape and tend to be softer and sweeter. You probably just call them raisins, and to be honest, raisins would do for the recipe.
      Strong white flour you would know as bread flour.

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  4. “…determinedly running out in the rain to shout at the clouds” I trust that this is (both) literal and figurative… there is truly nothing wrong with running in the rain and shouting at the clouds, provided that we remember that the clouds are impartial (and they listen to our shouts without judgement).

    Excellent looking kitchen animals! (no, that doesn’t sound right! bakery zoo? …. iced pets? (!!)…. wait, I should abandon this line of inquiry.) lol

    what is this diploma units that you speak of? and exams? (you know, if there is a roomful of people taking an exam, the first person done is a clark, but they will always wait (pretending to still be taking the test)…because they don’t want to be too quick to finish)

    clark do not fear exams (outcomes and consequences, they may be another matter, but taking the tests no…)

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    • HA! YES! No fear at all – just get on with it and get ‘er done. And also no looking back over answers and agonising about whether they were right, cos the best has been done and the chips will fall where they may.

      Thank you – my kitchen was hopping with Eastery deliciousness.

      I shall try to remember that the clouds remain un-judgey when they’re pouring rain ‘pon my noggin, cos it sure FEELS judgey

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  5. Your bunnies! They’re adorable and perfect! YAY! Did you do the Egg Hunt yet? We went to one today and it was less than stellar but are doing another tomorrow at the zoo which I hope will be awesome! Happy Easter Weekend, my sweets.

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    • Nah the egg hunt is on Monday afternoon, which should be good fun. Looking forward to it. I had a GORGEOUS day today – went to see Fast and Furious 7 with my vloggy friend, and it was perfect perfect. I hope your zoo egg hunt is a good one. Shame about the less-than one, but eh, that happens. Happy Easter Weekend ❤

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  6. Ah… GOOD for YOU claiming all of these silver linings, my love!! Those bunnies are TOO adorable! I’m so glad work is going well, and you have such great writing things going on too. 🙂 Have a precious wonderful time with sis and keep Vince around…Have him tackle the bathrooms next. He’s a good egg. (Getit?) lol

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    • Oh HAR HAR! Yes I geddit. Heheheh. He’s an AWESOME egg and I love him to pieces. My time with Sis was absolutely WONDERFUL and so needed. And thank you for all your encouragement *MWAH*

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  7. A wonderful week, Lizzi. Those bunnies are ever so cute. And working with yeast is a challenge for sure. Congrats on the work stuff and I’m all for house-guests who clean, a rare and wonderful characteristic. I love the way holidays are called Bank Holidays in the UK. No celebrating Good Friday or Easter, just the fact that the stock exchange is closed. lol. I’m probably being to American-ly literal there. Happy Easter, enjoy!

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    • No – I think you’d be looking to Ireland for a bit more of a religious jag, though to be fair, they use the time to stockpile booze and drink it, so that’s not especially religious, either.

      Yeast recipes are a bane of my culinary life. I want to master the art someday but clearly THAT day was not it 🙂

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  8. I feel all sugary and hip pity hop pity after reading this! Them buns look delish and buttery and flaky and warm and yum! They are adorable too. I am so impressed because I cannot bake to save my family’s life!. I can cook but definitely not bake, it just ain’t gonna happen. 🙂

    Sounds like you had a productive and positive day and that is awesome! My day was spent recovering from my extensive partying last night as we celebrated my friend finally turning 50! It was indeed, a Good Friday.

    Fiesta? Did someone say fiesta? I’m ready to dance!

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    • Oh they were dense and spongy and fruity and spicy and DELICIOUS. I soooo recommend them. We didn’t even have any with butter cos quite honestly, they didn’t need it! They were amazing just to eat as they were.

      I hope the party was a beautiful occasion, and that you hip-hopped the night away. What a wonderful birthday to celebrate, and great to have a day afterwards to recover. I discovered last night that the colouring in American candy makes me high, so I had quite a good night myself! 😉

      LET’S DANCE!

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  9. Your bunnies look awesome. I was gonna give you a tip with how to bake with yeast, but seems you do not need it. 🙂
    I’m happy to hear your soulie is okay.
    Happy easter to you!

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    • Thanks Serins – happy easter to you, too! I hope you have a lovely weekend. Soulie’s doing fine, and I’m so, SO happy he cleaned for me. He’s such a hard worker, and told me he liked the challenge, which was AWESOME.

      Annnnnnd come on – I’ll hear the tip ANYWAY cos goodness knows I consistently SUCK at yeast recipes…

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      • Yeast recipies need at least 8 minitues of kneading. Then you need to make sure your ingreedients are not too cold. Water must be warm, not too hot but not cold either. And need to place it in a warm place to rise, like in the warm sun or next to a heater or so.

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        • Mine got about 15 minutes in the end, once I’d kneaded for 10 and realised I hadn’t added the spice, and would have to knead that in. The milk was warm, and I put it in the oven which had been pre-warmed (below 25C) and….eh…I dunno. I think the little yeast babies don’t much like me.

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  10. Hehehe…crusty bunnies. There’s a double entendré and a naughty joke in there somewhere. 😉
    I LOVE that you’re back to poeming. I’ve missed your barding.
    And so much shiny…I”m glad you can see it. And lucky VInce has such a great friend to take him in. Happy Easter to the both of you, and your family!

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    • Crusty bunnies? EW that sounds awful! Yes – there’s definitely some kind of double-entendre but I’m not sure I want to know WHAT!

      I’m glad I’m back to barding, too, though having just snuck a peek at yours and Rod’s, I’m not sure I’m going to find it easy! ACK!

      I’m glad you see the shiny. That’s the plan 😀 Happy easter to you, my dear 🙂

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  11. These are theee cutest lil belly-filling bunnies ever. I’m not up for another challenge baking-wise (or anything wise) just yet, but I will pin them just in case. You never do know.
    It’s nice you have TWO days off! And it sounds like you will be doing wonderful things during that time. Happy to hear it. Sorry about the rain, but you know, Spring showers = some kinna flowers, or something. I don’t know what that hand thing could be about, but have you tried gloves? 🙂
    I started a TToT, I think it’s enough to count as a whole entry. You can send the Attack Guard-Virgins if not.

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    • What hand thing? The rain? I wear gloves when I’m cycling, but sometimes it’s too warm to wear gloves and if they get wet then it’s worse and EW I’d just rather not go out in the rain AT ALL EVER!

      Two days off is AWESOME and definitely there are going to be some lovely times. YAY to you maybe one day in future baking these bunnies. I flubbed them and they were delicious. I’ve seen your cakes. I have faith in you.

      Do a whatever of it you have and dance for the 7GV – t’will be okay.

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  12. Have a wonderful Easter with your family…The bunnies look delicious… and so adorable. Sounds like a good productive week is good for the soul. ♡ 🙂

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