Afternoon Tea

A few weeks back I held a taste testing for our new range of dog biscuits.. yes you read that right pooch treats! I invited all my doggies besties round and in true fashion it gave me another excuse to bake for all my family and friends, a great joint afternoon tea.

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Considering cinnamon buns have always been my must have sweet treat ( I always hunt them down in amy bakery i find ) I though i would jazz up my cinnamon buns and plait them, which shows off all their curves and sugary cinnamon goodness.
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I know cinnamon buns can be time consuming, and maybe a little bit boring to make, but the result is surely worth it!

Simple steps
Very fun to make
A little messy… but lets be honest a little mess is pretty
Fool proof!!

Oh.. and did i mention we pair it with our amazing cold, refreshing fruit infused water? Yes! a match made in heaven.

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 1000 g plain flour
  • 4 tsp dry yeast
  • 150 g soft brown sugar
  • 400 ml milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 150 g softened butter

For the Filling

  • 280 g dark brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 100 g butter

Method

1. Mix the flour, sugar and yeast in a bowl.
2. Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Make a well in the flour.
4.Crack in one of the eggs and pour in the milk.
5.Mix the flour into the wet ingredients to form a soft dough before tipping everything onto a work surface. 6.Knead the dough for 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with Clingfilm.
7.Leave in a warm place for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
8. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon and ginger for the filling.
9. Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds.
10. Roll the dough out into a wide rectangle as thin as possible, using a lightly floured surface.
11. Spread the butter over the dough, leaving a thin border all the way round.
12. Scatter the cinnamon sugar mixture over the butter. Roll the dough into a long cylinder, as tightly as possible.
13. Cut it down the middle leaving 2cm at the top to keep together the dough.
14. Now begin plaiting the dough, and turn the ends into each-other to form a circle and place onto a baking tray.
15. Preheat the oven to 190ºC.
16. Cook for 25-30 minutes.
17. Brush over with fig jam.

 

-Charlotte DOAF x

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