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Hot cross buns in a one hour food tech lesson?

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choccyp1g Tue 25-Mar-14 17:16:28

It's impossible isn't it? Normally the dough has to rise for at least an hour, plus the mixing kneading and proving the buns for another half hour. We have some hovis fast action yeast which seems to say you can skip the first rising, but even so, it will be a disastrous
waste of ingredients.

DS has not even brought home a recipe. Lesson was today, practical tomorrow.

He thinks I am going to Tesco to wave a magic wand. and won't tell me the teacher's name so can't email.


frogspoon Tue 25-Mar-14 19:15:19

If they have lessons today and tomorrow I'm surprised they didn't make the dough today, allow it to have first rising whilst they studied the theory, then put it in the fridge overnight.

Then tomorrow they could get it out (before the lesson so it could have time to reach room temp, followed by kneading, shaping, maybe a short proving and baking.

choccyp1g Tue 25-Mar-14 19:52:40

Well I was going to Tesco anyway, so I got the necessary, including some so-called super-fast yeast.

Now I'll have to modify the Good Housekeeping recipe (total elapsed time c3 hours!) or find a shorter one on the internet. I'm sure I am not supposed to do it for him, but I am not up to the argument and stropping. He only has to do a few more weeks of Food Tech and is certainly not going to choosing it for a GCSE.

It's a shame it is all so chaotic and wasteful, as he is actually quite interested in food and nutrition, and quite enjoys the occasional bit of cooking, and has even brought home some edible concoctions.

He says he doesn't care how they turn out, he'll just do enough to avoid detention.

Rooble Tue 25-Mar-14 19:57:15

If you put in far more yeast (like almost) than the recipe says they will rise quickly. Have done this successfully with pre-schoolers. The bread tastes a bit weird, but the spices should mask that. Are the children really supposed to source their own recipes as well as ingredients??? (Ignoramus here with only primary aged DC)

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 25-Mar-14 20:00:19

BBC Good Food 50min Hot Cross Buns

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 25-Mar-14 20:03:38

Forget that it has two separate one hour rises!

You can force prove bread using the lowest defrost setting in a microwave.

Also adding baking powder might help. I use it in my naan bread alongside yeast and get a very quick rise once on a hot stone.

Glossolalias Tue 25-Mar-14 20:18:00

MisForMumNotMaid 50 mins doesnt include proving time though

Glossolalias Tue 25-Mar-14 20:18:27

Whoops sorry! didn't see your second post

choccyp1g Tue 25-Mar-14 20:38:59

Wow that BBC recipe looks perfect. grin

They really are supposed to source their own recipes; to be fair, looking on the internet is so easy nowadays, I should have got him to look there first instead of going to my trusty Good Housekeeping book.

However, I daresay the teacher said something like you can either make the brownies with the recipe as provided in the booklet (which he has lost, but that's another story) or you can modify it, or if you feel really ambitious why not try something special, like HCB.

He will have only started listening at about the word "try" and tuned in by the words Hot Cross Buns.

Now to get him to weigh out the ingredients without dusting the entire kitchen with flour. [sigh]

choccyp1g Tue 25-Mar-14 20:57:13

Rooble do you mean "like almost DOUBLE the amount of yeast" ??

choccyp1g Tue 25-Mar-14 21:55:13

Just realised that the recipe I found is not the one you linked to Misformumnotmaid

The one I found is

It will be a bl**dy miracle if they are edible.

eddiemairswife Tue 25-Mar-14 22:23:58

I made chelsea buns in my yeast cookery lesson at school; they turned out like bullets! My poor long-suffering uncle tried to eat them, but eventually they were put out for the birds, who refused to countenance them.

Ishouldbeweaving Tue 25-Mar-14 22:42:22

My dc (Y9) has not done anything with yeast in catering. They've talked about it but there isn't time in the lesson to mix and rise. I also have a selective listener so I feel your pain. He's good at finding recipes though, they usually contain "easy" or "quick" in the title but I'm not complaining as it means I don't have to cook on a Tuesday.

If they come out a bit dense you can always make them into a bread and butter pudding.

Rooble Wed 26-Mar-14 11:22:21

Choccypig -yes, I did, sorry!

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