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Raisin and Date Buns   Veg  CD  CBF 110mins plus proving


Makes 12   Cold  Vegetarian  Dried Fruit  Bread Rolls   Baked Fayre   



15g/1/2oz Dried Yeast

180ml/6fl.oz. Warm Milk

1 teasp Honey

500g/1lb Wholemeal Flour

1 teasp Bicarbonate of Soda

1 teasp Mixed Spice

1 teasp Salt

50g/2oz Butter

100g/4oz Dates, stoned and chopped

100g/4oz Raisins

2 Eggs, beaten



1. Pour the milk into a bowl, stir in the honey and then sprinkle in the yeast. Leave the yeast in a warm place until it is frothy.


2. Put the flour into a mixing bowl together with the bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice then salt and rub in the butter. Add the dates and raisins and distribute well.


3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture and the eggs. Mix to a dough then turn it on to a floured board and knead until it is smooth. Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with a clean cloth, and leave in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.


4. Knead the dough again and divide it into twelve round buns. Place them on a floured baking sheet, cover them again with the tea towel and leave them in a warm place for 20 minutes or until they have almost doubled in size.


5. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas mark 6.


6. Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until they are brown and sound hollow.



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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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