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Festive spiced bun recipe from Dominic Franks, Belleau Kitchen 09 Dec

Contributed by Dominic Franks, Belleau Kitchen

For the buns

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7g (1 teaspoon or 1 packet) fast-action dried yeast
  • 300ml whole milk
  • 75g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • the zest of 1 clementine
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 large free-range egg

For the filling

  • 100g unsalted butter, very soft or at room temperature
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1 large jar mincemeat
  • 1 large pear – grated
  • the zest of 1 clementine
  • 100g mixed dried fruits

For the glaze

  • 50ml milk
  • 50g caster sugar

1. Start with the dough… put the flour, caster sugar, salt and yeast into a large bowl and set aside. 

2. Put the milk, butter, clementine zest and mixed spice into a small saucepan and cook over a low-medium heat until all the butter has melted. Set aside until just lukewarm.

3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture, then pour in the milk mixture and add the egg. Mix with your hands to form a rough, soft dough. Tip out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 10-15 minutes until smooth and elastic. (I did this in my stand mixer, using the dough hook on low speed for 10 minutes.) then put the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it to rise for about 1-1½ hours or until it has doubled in size.

4. Once it’s risen, tip out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and use a rolling pin to roll into a 40cm x 50cm rectangle. Using a spoon or spatula, spread the 100g butter in an even layer across the entire surface of the dough, then spread the mincemeat, grated pear, clementine and sprinkle over the 100g sugar. Top with mixed dried fruits and gently press with your hand to secure in place. Roll up the dough into a cylinder along the long edge, keeping the spiral tight. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 even slices.

5. Grease and line a baking tin roughly 20cm x 3cm and arrange the buns snugly in the base. Cover the tin with cling film, set aside and allow the buns to prove for 45-60 minutes until risen and puffy. While the buns are proving, heat the oven to 180°C Once proved, bake the buns for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. While the buns are baking, prepare the glaze: put the milk and caster sugar in a small pan, then bring to the boil over a low heat. Remove and allow to cool.

6. Remove the buns from the oven and immediately brush with the cooled milk glaze, then sprinkle over some demerara sugar.

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