2 tsp dried yeast 1 tsp sugar 125ml hand-hot milk 1 3/4 cup (200 g) strong white bread making flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp sugar 2 tbsp (1 oz) 25 g butter or margarine
1. Pre heat the oven to 220°C
2. Stir the dried yeast and sugar into the milk and leave until frothy ( about 15 minutes) or blend the fresh yeast with the milk.
3. Sift together the flour and salt. Add the sugar and rub in the fat. Stir in the yeast liquid and mix to a soft dough.
4. Turn onto a well-floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size - about 1 hour.
5. Knock back the risen dough. Divide into eight and form each piece into a sausage shape 12cm in length. Place the shaped buns well apart on greased baking trays. Cover and leave to prove until buns are light and puffy - about 20 minutes.
6. Bake until golden brown - about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
7. To decorate: When cool, ice buns with a fairly stiff white or pink glace icing made with 150g (6oz) icing sugar, water and colouring.
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.