Have you had a nice start to the new week? I hope so ♥
I have been super lazy today :) I spent most of the day on the balcony in the sun while reading books, magazines and blogs and talking with James for hours on both the phone and skype. He is on the other side of the world, but because of some visa issue he has to return earlier than expected (yay!) which unfortunately means he has to go back again next month (buuuh). Skype is such a wonderful thing. I use it with my family in Sweden, my family in Norway and now also James. I’ve had some questions regarding how to keep the relationship alive whilst being far apart for longer periods of time. I think finding a bit of time for Skype each day is really important, as well as cute little messages ♥ Other than that, I actually believe it’s healthy to be apart and miss each other now and then.
To make up for my laziness I spent the after noon being efficient around the house. I’m having three beautiful family members visiting this week, and I can’t wait to have them here!! I’ve been sorting out everything I can so that they can have a pleasant stay here in Avenue de Grande Bretagne. That includes baking – the delicious and unhealthy kind! I made buns and cinnamon rolls which I popped into the freezer so that I can whip them out for a nice cup of tea on the balcony when we come back from the beach :)
♥ 1 kg flour
♥ 6 dl milk ( I didn’t have milk and so I used activia mixed with water, which surprisingly tasted even better)
♥ 150 g sugar
♥ 3 tsp salt
♥ 3 tsp cardamom
♥ 1 sachet dry yeast
♥ 1 egg, room tempered
♥ 150 g butter, room tempered and in dices
1. Mix all the dry ingredients and the egg in a bowl.
2. Heat the milk untill luke warm (about 30 C).
3. Add the milk little by little (use a slow speed if you’re using a torture machine of some kind).
4. Now add the butter little by little whilst still keeping it on a slow speed. It will take a while for the butter to absorb so just let it be for 5 minutes.
5. Leave the dough in a warm place for an hour, or untill double size.
6. Heat the oven to 240 C (we’ll adjust this down to 180 later, it’s just to compensate for when we open the door to put in the buns).
7. Roll the dough into buns and leave them for yet another 30 minutes before you lower the temperature of the oven to 180 C and pop them in for 15-20 minutes.
(if you want you can make cinnamon rolls as well, just leave som of the dough and use a rolling-pin to stretch the dough. Add butter, sugar and cinnamon and roll into a sausage, and divide into little cute rolls.)
Result: Super yummy and delicious buns :D Having already made buns in the freezer is such a useful thing if you have unexpected guests, or just don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen whilst having guests over ;)
How has your day been? I hope you’ve had a lovely day as well!! xx