3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar, plus 1 tsp extra 7g sachet dried yeast 4 cups (600g) bread flour, plus extra, for kneading 125g butter, chilled, plus 60g extra, softened 2 eggs 1 cup (160g) natural almonds, plus extra chopped almonds, for decorating 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 80g dried cherries 1 cup (120g) icing sugar, sifted 2-3 tbs lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp orange blossom water, optional
1. Place 300ml lukewarm water in a small jug. Add 1 tsp sugar and yeast and stir to combine. Stand for 10 minutes or until foamy.
2. Sift flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt into a large bowl. Chop chilled butter then, using your fingertips, rub into flour until mixture resembles crumbs. Add yeast mixture and 1 beaten egg and stir to form a dough. Knead and leave in a warm and covered place to rise (double in size).
3. While dough is rising, process almonds and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor until finely ground. Add remaining egg, 60g softened butter and vanilla and process until combined. Transfer to a small bowl.
4. Preheat oven to 200°C.
5. Lightly grease 2 oven trays.
6. Using your hands, flatten dough to a 1cm-thick rectangle. Scatter with cherries then roll up like a Swiss roll.
7. Divide dough into 20 pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time, flatten into a 10cm round. Spoon 2 tsp almond mixture on to the centre, then gather sides up and around filling to enclose and seal join. Shape into a ball then place, sealed-side down, on prepared oven tray.
8. Repeat with remaining dough and filling, placing buns 4cm apart on trays
9. Stand for 20 minutes or until nearly doubled in size.
10. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
11. Transfer to a wire rack over a tray to cool.
12. Place icing sugar into a small bowl. Stir in enough lemon juice to form an icing, then stir in orange blossom water (optional). Spoon a little icing over each bun then top with chopped almonds. Stand until icing has set.
Cooking is fun. Baking cakes and buns can be an educational activity for children, involving measuring, following instructions, decision making and socialising / working with other people. For the best experience make sure you have the ingredients and cooking equipment to hand before you begin baking. These recipes have all been tried and tested, and should work. No specialist cooking equipment is needed - the average kitchen will contain all the ingredients and equipment you need to have fun, and bake great cakes and buns.