Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Baking Buns...

Last Friday evening I spent a couple of hours with Fred and Andrew at Fortnum & Masons baking Hot Cross Buns. For the last couple of months Fortnums have been championing British Baking with a number of events and British bakers hosting classes and demonstrations.
Fred and Andrew are Fortnum's bakers who have been in the business for many years and happily shared their wealth of knowledge with us.
On arrival we were shown into the work area which was alongside the baking shop on the 1st floor. It took a little time to get used to seeing customers looking at what we were doing ( I now know what a monkey feels like in the zoo now )
We had bun dough to work with, whilst proving Andrew demonstrated how the dough was made. We each had enough dough to make 12 buns, which we rolled using the cage technique and proved.
After proving we then had the job of piping the crosses onto the top.
We then were taken downstairs to the bakery ovens to bake our buns... We had lots of fun and I learnt lots... hot Cross buns will now be on my Easter baking list...as they came out of the oven we glazed with egg wash, we got to taste Andrews hot from the open and they were delicious.
I've had toasted hot cross buns for the last few days and they are scrumptious... I'm a converted home baked hot cross bun lady convert!..
Fortnums was full of Easter cheer and was a welcome spring feel from a cold wet winters evening.




1 comment:

Florence and Mary said...

Yummmmm!!!!

Victoria x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Baking Buns...

Last Friday evening I spent a couple of hours with Fred and Andrew at Fortnum & Masons baking Hot Cross Buns. For the last couple of months Fortnums have been championing British Baking with a number of events and British bakers hosting classes and demonstrations.
Fred and Andrew are Fortnum's bakers who have been in the business for many years and happily shared their wealth of knowledge with us.
On arrival we were shown into the work area which was alongside the baking shop on the 1st floor. It took a little time to get used to seeing customers looking at what we were doing ( I now know what a monkey feels like in the zoo now )
We had bun dough to work with, whilst proving Andrew demonstrated how the dough was made. We each had enough dough to make 12 buns, which we rolled using the cage technique and proved.
After proving we then had the job of piping the crosses onto the top.
We then were taken downstairs to the bakery ovens to bake our buns... We had lots of fun and I learnt lots... hot Cross buns will now be on my Easter baking list...as they came out of the oven we glazed with egg wash, we got to taste Andrews hot from the open and they were delicious.
I've had toasted hot cross buns for the last few days and they are scrumptious... I'm a converted home baked hot cross bun lady convert!..
Fortnums was full of Easter cheer and was a welcome spring feel from a cold wet winters evening.




1 comment:

Florence and Mary said...

Yummmmm!!!!

Victoria x