Twas my husbands birthday early last week and instead of a cake he decided that a batch of my secret recipe Chocolate Brownies and a batch of Iced, Spiced Buns would suffice. My three lovely daughters helped me make the buns. Here's the recipe I used:
225g (8oz) strong white bread flour
25g (1oz) caster sugar
25g (1oz) softened butter
1 1/2 tsp fast action dried yeast
1 medium egg, beaten
90ml (3 fl oz) warm semi-skimmed milk
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1/2 - 1 cup of raisins
Combine the flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, and yeast into a mixing bowl (I usually use my stand mixer with a dough hook). Make a well in the centre and add the softened butter, egg and milk. Mix to make a soft dough, add the raisins and knead them into the dough. Knead the dough until its smooth and springs back when lightly pressed with a floured finger. My daughters decided to knead the dough themselves and it took them around 15 minutes to get a nice smooth, soft dough.
We put the dough into a lightly greased bowl, covered it with clingfilm and left it to prove until it had doubled in size.
Once the dough had proved, we lightly floured the bench and shaped the dough into buns. We put the buns onto the oven tray, covered them with greased clingfilm to stop it sticking to the buns and left them to prove once again. When they had doubled in size we baked them in a 180 degree fan oven, for about 15-20 minutes.
Once they were cooked, we left them to cool on a wire rack, and iced them with vanilla icing.
Here are the finished buns, they didn't last long. The whole batch was eaten that evening.