Thursday, 16 March 2017


240 ml milk
2 eggs
90 grams caster sugar
500 grams plain flour
4 teaspoons milk powder
2 heaped teaspoons bread improver
2 teaspoons dried yeast

60 grams butter

1 egg for egg wash, beaten
9 butter cubes (5 grams each)
caster sugar to sprinkle

using a bread machine on dough setting or an electric mixer with a dough hook, add all the ingredients, except the butter, to the bowl in the order as listed.

when the dough comes together, add the butter.  knead for approx. 1/2 hour. (my bread machine kneads for exactly  1/2 hour).
using the electric mixer, knead with the dough hook for 1/2 hour.

turn machine/mixer off and let dough rest for 15 minutes.

place dough on lightly floured board and flatten dough out with hands.

divide  dough into 9 equal sized pieces  and shape into balls.

place balls into a  baking tin lined with baking paper..

let rise for 1 hour in a closed, SWITCHED OFF oven, with a cup of just boiled water*  next too it.(till doubled in size).

(or you can cover and place in a warm position on a bench.)

take out the dough and heat the oven to 170  C.

using a pair of scissors, make slits on top of each ball and insert a cube of butter.

brush each ball with the beaten egg.

sprinkle liberally with sugar.

cook for 20 min till golden brown.

remove from tin, remove baking paper and cool on a wire rack.

serve with butter or if you're a sweet tooth like my family, serve with jam and cream.

* I hadn't risen dough like this before but it worked well.

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