Easter Buns can’t be easier to make. Just throw the ingredients in your bread machine and follow a few simple steps and you have flavourful buns for your Easter treats. Enjoy with coffee, tea or Cranberry Iced Tea
1 cup almond milk
1 egg or 1 vegan egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or vegan butter
3 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 tsp yeast (Bread machine or high activating)
1 cup raisins
Measure ingredients into the bread machine pan in the order listed omitting the raisins. Set on dough mode. At the signal add raisins.
When the dough is ready remove to a floured surface and cover with a bowl. Let rest 15 minutes.
Divide dough into 12. Toll each into a bun and place on a cookie sheet. Cover and let rise 45 minutes
Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes or until the bun is golden brown.
I remember as a child we always coloured Easter eggs by using onion skins. The variation in colour and imperfections in the tone were always more fun than the colour that commercial dyes create. I’ve found as an adult that you can colour eggs with other natural materials. Below is a list.
3 tbsp Turmeric – yellow eggs
purple cabbage – blue eggs
blueberries – darker blue eggs
beets – pink eggs
cranberries – red/pink eggs
spinach – green eggs.
In a pot bring 2 cups of fruit or veggies or the Turmeric and 1 cup of water to a boil Boil for 30 minutes or until a water has turned the desired colour. Cool mixture
Add 2 tbsp of vinegar to mixture and transfer to a bowl or jar where eggs can be covered with the mixture. Add 2 or 3 hard boiled eggs to the dye. Soak from 1/2 hour to overnight in the refrigerator.
Flavoured vinegars are great in salad dressings but can be pricey to buy. Fortunately they are easy to make but takes some preparation. Below I have listed recipes for Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar, Sage Red Wine Vinegar and Thyme Basil Vinegar
1/2 cup mashed raspberries
1/2 cup mashed blueberries
White vinegar to fill a jar
Add fruit to jar and fill with vinegar. Cork and let stand for at least 1 week. Strain and use on salads or as a marinade. Can be sweetened by adding stevia to the finished vinegar. Continue reading Infused Vinegars→
Dessert pizza is becoming more and more popular. This recipe for dessert pizza is easy to put together but the visual results are impressive. This dessert is colourful and filled with fresh fruit and tasty vanilla pudding. It’s sure to please family and friends.
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 twp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
Combine sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla until creamed. Add the dry ingredients and blend well. Transfer to a greased pizza tin or lined muffin tins. Make sure the crust is not too thick. Prick crust with fork and then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool.
Bread is always best baked at home especially when special flavours are used. Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns are great by themselves or excellent alongside a salad. Serve warm with melted butter.
1 1/3 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp ground garlic
3 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast.
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup chopped rosemary
Add all ingredients except Parmesan and rosemary to the bread machine pan. Work on dough cycle. At indicator add Parmesan and rosemary.
Remove dough from pan and let rise for 15 minutes.
Cut dough into 12 pieces and form into long logs. Twist logs to make knots.
Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
Bathe the tops of the buns with a mixture of butter and garlic. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes.