Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Rock Buns!

Hello again

Nearly all technical difficulties have been overcome. I downloaded a great new photo handling program but it's taken me a short while to get to grips with it. It's great to learn new skills!

So, Straight to business!

I love making things with the children that we can all eat.  We often had these with a teddy or two at our picnics. It's lovely to wrap a couple of warm rock buns in a cloth, grab a bottle of drink and nip down to the park for an impromptu picnic. You could picnic in your own garden, on your balcony or even in your front room on a blanket with your home made flowers and bugs. The buns are a simple cheap recipe and your little ones can do almost all of it with a little help....and they can get their hands gooey !
Message to the world-  Edible mess is the best possible mess!!

First of all- hand washing.  A little bit of health and safety, and it makes the buns more edible afterwards!
Preheat the oven  190C, 374 F or gas mark 5- grown-ups only

This is what we're aiming for....

Here's what you will need....

8oz, 225g  flour
4oz, 112g  butter or margarine
3oz, 85g sugar (brown if you have it)
1 large eating apple
Grated rind of 1 orange
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
Greased baking tray

Here's how to do it....

1.   Grease the baking tray with a little bit of the margarine.  The children can do this with their fingers.

2.   Mix the flour, sugar and the margarine in the bowl.  Rub the margarine into the flour to make it in breadcrumbs- use finger tips to get the best results.

3.   Chop the apple and put it with the orange rind and the sugar in the bowl with the flour mixture

4.   In a cup briskly mix the egg and milk together

5.   Pour the egg/milk into the mixture and mix it with your clean hands to make a dough

6.   Drop small handfuls of the dough onto the baking sheets in little mountains.  If the mountains are too big, the middle won't cook properly.

7.   Sprinkle with sugar and bake for about 15 minutes.

All done and well done !

ALLOW TO COOL- the apple gets very hot

You can make these with any other dry fruits such as glace cherries or raisins. It's best with self raising flour but I have been known to do it with plain flour and the buns were still pretty edible !
These little buns can be popped in the freezer for up to three months

Serve for tea with teddies or keep in a box for tomorrow. I tell you what, why not go mad and have an adventure..... Pop a couple of buns in a bag and hop on a bus to a different park. We love pop and hop adventures. When children are little bus rides are a very big deal.  Strangely it's the kids who travel everywhere by car who find it the most exciting.  You don't need to go anywhere special but they'll love it and it gets you out of the house too.  And every stay at home parent or grandparent needs that as much as the little ones.  So, pop and hop !

See you next week for paper cup castles.....invented by Grandad !
Heli x