What crazy weather we’ve been having eh? I thought I was going to blow away Monday afternoon! I definitely made an effort to get home as quickly as possible. Then I made these gems which lightened up the gloomy day. Here is what you’ll need:
1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 1/4 tablespoons yeast
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup sultanas (or raisins)
- 1/3 cup candied citrus peel
First, in a large bowl, prep the yeast by adding a cup of warm water and a tablespoon of sugar, making sure it is completely dissolved. Then add the yeast, give it a quick stir, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. It will be ready when there are lots of foam and bubbles.
To the yeast liquid, you will then add one egg, honey, and olive oil. Mix until it is evenly distributed.
To this, you will add the flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, sultanas, and citrus peel. Stir it up until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic like. Place it in an oiled bowl and allow it to rise in a warm place for 2 hours, or until it doubles in size. I’m not sure why it takes so darn long, but my guess is that because of the oats, sultanas, and peel, maybe it has to work a bit harder to form air bubbles.
When ready, punch down the dough and divide into 16 balls. Cover these with plastic, or a large plastic bag, and let them rise again for another hour. Once they’ve achieved that, bake for 15 minutes at 200 C / 450 F. Yes, with all that work and time it takes to rise, they only spend 15 damn minutes in the oven! Metaphor for life, eh?
And there you have it! A super batch of soft, cinnamon buns bursting with sultanas. These came out soooo good and really added a nice lift to an otherwise gloomy day. They taste a lot like hot cross buns, but a bit heartier thanks to the oats. But beware, you definitely need at least 3 1/2 hours of your life set aside in order to bake these. It is worth it, but just don’t make any plans until they’re done. I hope you enjoy making these as they are truly tops on my favourite recipe list. Although first place still goes to my Apple Cider Caramel Cake, these buns still rate quite high. Stay warm out there Bristol! Spring will be here soon, but until then, thanks for reading and Happy Eating!