Recently the whole family enjoyed reading the trilogy of The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and one thing that caught my imagination was eating Google Buns so I decided to have a go at making some.
A quick search online showed me that Emma from Mummy Mummy Mum had the same idea last year and she chose to make cupcakes. There were some brilliant ideas in her comments from other bloggers too but I wanted an old fashioned bun as the base for mine.
I used my breadmaker to make the dough for a sweet bun and then before I put them into the oven to rise I added my Google centre carefully sealing the dough around it.
20 minutes rise time and 15 minutes cooking our buns made the perfect afternoon treat after school and we talked about our favourite book again too.
- For the dough
- 450g strong white flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 75g butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 medium egg
- 250 ml milk
- 1 tsp yeast
- For the filling
- Currants and popping candy
- For glace icing
- 100g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- Multicoloured letters and a sprinkle of popping candy.
- I used my Panasonic breadmaker to make the dough so all of the dough ingredients above were placed in the bread pan in the order listed and menu 16 was used for 2 hours and 20 mins
- Divide the dough into 12 pieces.
- Flatten slightly and place 1 tsp currants in the centre, sprinkle with 1 tsp popping candy and close the dough around the filling sealing it with a pinch.
- Place on a greased tray and prove in the oven at 40C/105F until doubled in size - about 20 minutes
- Bake in a preheated oven at 220C/425F/Gas mark 7 for 15 minutes
- Cool on a baking rack and then coat with glace icing. Sprinkle on the letters and popping candy before the icing sugar dries
- This was an experiment so still a work in progress -
- The popping candy in the centre didn't pop after cooking but I could hear it popping whilst they were proving.
- Next time I will divide the dough into 12 as the buns were too big for children. (I divided into 8 this time)
- I think the currants would be better amalgamated in the dough as in a hot cross bun recipe
- One of my twins did not like the popping candy (on the top) as it 'made a horrible noise in her mouth'
and just out of the oven they looked like this