I’ve tried to stick to recipes from the actual Bake Off for the last couple of weeks, but this time I moved slightly away from it. There were a few variations on the Chelsea bun, and I very quickly realised that I wanted to do the bun, but in it’s rather more normal form.
It’s worth noting what the other challenges were for this week:
- Signature dish – Regional buns
- Technical challenge – Jam doughnuts
- Showstopper – Celebration loaf
The recipe I went for came from the BBC food site, and seemed reasonably simple – compared to some of the ones I have tried so far!
Step 1 – Ingredients!
Step 2 – Make the dough. Flour, salt, yeast in a bowl. Milk, butter and egg melted added. What do you mean I forgot the egg? Damn. Are eggs important?
Step 3 – Dough left to rise. It rose okay. At this point, I am not panicking about the egg yet, mostly because I haven’t realised it’s missing.
Step 4 – Roll out the dough. It was so springy it took ages to roll out but I got there in the end.
Step 5 – Sprinkle! This was fun. I also quite enjoyed the rolling up process, like making a Swiss roll. It was fun slicing it up and seeing the swirls emerge.
Step 6 – Bake… oh wait. I’ve forgotten to add the egg! What will this mean? Not a lot, it seems. Let’s just eat!
Conclusion – I wasn’t too sure when to take them out the oven, because some of the top (sugar and fruit) was getting a bit too crispy for my liking, whereas the sides weren’t always as brown as I’d have wanted them to be. I gave in and hauled them out the oven, gave them a bit of a glaze, and then we didn’t leave them to cool. They smelt too good.
On first taste, they were yummy. A bit chewy, probably from being a bit doughy, and very sticky. All the melted sugar was enough to jam your mouth right up and your teeth were almost instantly protesting. I really should have waited, because the cooler bun tasted almost perfect. The missing egg doesn’t seem to have made any difference and they were quite yummy!