Re-blog from Easter last year…..

Hola Folks,

It is Easter week and I thought I would share these posts from last Easter here in Spain!!! Please bear in mind these are some of my first blogs; apologies for quality of photo’s…….

Apr 3, 2015

Traditional Spanish Easter Doughnuts ‘Bunuelos’

Easter is an important time of year here in Spain, with a whole week of processions in every town starting from Palm Sunday and ending Easter Sunday.  Holy Week is the annual commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ which is celebrated by religious brotherhoods that perform penance processions on the streets.  In Salobrena this year it is called ‘Semana de Pasion’

Families here all get together during this time and watch these processions and cook and eat together.

Wednesday this week myself and both my Aunts were invited to the home of the mother in law of my Spanish teacher Maria, to be shown how to make traditional Easter doughnuts called Bunuelos.

It was a lovely experience .  Also her lifelong friend and neighbour;  Rosario who we are told is an expert at these delicious treats  came over to help demonstrate.  It was like Floyd ….my Aunt said all we needed was a big glass of vino tinto!!

Anyway we tried to get the full recipe it was hard with the language barrier but also as they do not measure their ingredients.  This is something they make for their families every Easter, no other time of the year, please take a look…

 Ingredients:

Strong/Bread Flour it looked like they had about 2lbs in the bowl

Salt to taste

Fresh Yeast….again I only saw them sprinkle in a handful

Pre-made dough, this is active yeast which they buy already made from the bakery

Water

Method:

Place the flour in a large bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast and salt…

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debating over the amount of yeast/salt

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Then make a well in the middle and put in the pre-made dough.

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Pre-made dough with active yeast

Now you pour in the water it seemed to be a fair amount….

More water more water….

Now you knead it until it creates air bubbles….the technique is like a slapping knead!!

Taste the dough to see if it needs more salt, if it does add the salt to water and knead it in.

Once the dough has become elastic and has bubbles it is ready. Let this rest for about half a hour until it rises….

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before resting

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After resting

In a deep frying pan fill about 2 inches deep with sunflower oil and heat. Test the heat by dropping in a little bit of the dough if it sizzles its hot enough.

You’ll need a bowl of water for your hands, a knitting needle (yes!! ha ha ingenious tool ) or a rod or skewer and a dish to put the cooked doughnuts in.

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Take a small ball of the dough with wet hands and then make a hole in the centre, then carefully place in the hot oil. With the needle inserted into the hole quickly spin the doughnut………

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Rosario spinning the doughnut

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To eat the doughnuts are dipped into Miel de Cana (molasses) which is like black treacle

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Happy Easter xxxx

You dip the doughnuts into Miel de Cana (molasses) which is like a honey, I compare it to black treacle. It has a slight aniseed taste.

Traditionally here they only dip in the molasses but you could dip these into anything; chocolate or sugar etc.

I will have a go at these again they were delicious, we couldn’t stop eating them!!!

Here are my Hot Cross Buns, a must at Easter time.  Take a look……

Apr, 2015

hot cross buns

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Ingredients

Ingredients

500g Strong  White Flour

75g Sugar

55g Butter

200ml Milk

50ml Water

2 x 7g Sachets of Dried Yeast

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Whole Nutmeg

120g Sultanas

1 Large Egg Whisked

1 Apple Peeled Cored and Finely Diced

The Zest of 1 Orange

Pinch Salt

For the Crosses

2 Big Spoonfuls Flour

2 Tbsp Water

For the Glaze

2 Large Spoonfuls of Apricot Jam/Marmalade ( I used my Aunts homemade jam made with Kumquats from my Aunts garden)

1 Large Spoonful Honey

Method

Sift the Flour above a large bowl from a height, stir in the sugar, the salt, cinnamon and grate in the nutmeg. Set aside.

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Stir the dry ingredients well

In a small saucepan warm the milk and the water, do not boil just warmed. Pour into a bowl and stir in the dried yeast.

In another small pan melt the butter.

Make a well in the flour mix and pour in the butter then the milk and then the whisked egg.

Mix together with a fork until it forms a dough, it will be fairly sticky. Once it has come together empty onto a floured surface.

Knead well for 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.

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Knead well

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Smooth dough

Place dough in a floured bowl and put a damp cloth on top and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

After it has risen, empty back onto a floured surface knock the air out of it a little then pour over the sultanas, zest and apple.

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Fruit

Knead all the fruit into the dough.

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Dough mixed with the fruit

Line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Cut this into 12 even pieces, I did this by cutting into 4 quarters then each quarter into 3 wedges….

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Then roll each wedge into a ball and place on the baking tray with enough space between each ball.

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Once again cover with a damp cloth or muslin and let rise. Approx 45 minutes or until it again doubles in size. I ended up warming the oven turning it off and popping them in there.

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Cover with damp muslin or a tea towel

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree.

In a bowl make the paste for the cross on the top by mixing the flour and water together until it makes a thick paste. Pop this into a piping bag (if you don’t have one you can just try making the crosses with a spoon)

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Paste for the cross

Pipe the crosses onto the buns.

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Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden.

While these are baking pour the honey and the jam in a pan and warm. Set aside.

Remove the buns from the oven once golden and brush with the warmed jam mixture.

Leave them to cool. We ate them warm but not hot, and spread with butter 🙂

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With my Aunts Easter Tree!!

Happy Easter Folks xxxx

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Hot Cross Buns

by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients

500g Strong  White Flour

75g Sugar

55g Butter

200ml Milk

50ml Water

2 x 7g Sachets of Dried Yeast

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Whole Nutmeg

120g Sultanas

1 Large Egg Whisked

1 Apple Peeled Cored and Finely Diced

The Zest of 1 Orange

Pinch Salt

For the Crosses

2 Big Spoonfuls Flour

2 Tbsp Water

For the Glaze

2 Large Spoonfuls of Apricot Jam/Marmalade ( I used my Aunts homemade jam made with Kumquats from my Aunts garden)

1 Large Spoonful Honey

Method

Sift the Flour above a large bowl from a height, stir in the sugar, the salt, cinnamon and grate in the nutmeg. Set aside.

In a small saucepan warm the milk and the water, do not boil just warmed. Pour into a bowl and stir in the dried yeast.

In another small pan melt the butter.

Make a well in the flour mix and pour in the butter then the milk and then the whisked egg.

Mix together with a fork until it forms a dough, it will be fairly sticky. Once it has come together empty onto a floured surface.

Knead well for 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.

Place dough in a floured bowl and put a damp cloth on top and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

After it has risen, empty back onto a floured surface knock the air out of it a little then pour over the sultanas, zest and apple.

Knead all the fruit into the dough.

Line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Cut this into 12 even pieces, I did this by cutting into 4 quarters then each quarter into 3 wedges….

Then roll each wedge into a ball and place on the baking tray with enough space between each ball.

Once again cover with a damp cloth or muslin and let rise. Approx 45 minutes or until it again doubles in size. I ended up warming the oven turning it off and popping them in there.

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree.

In a bowl make the paste for the cross on the top by mixing the flour and water together until it makes a thick paste. Pop this into a piping bag (if you don’t have one you can just try making the crosses with a spoon)

Pipe the crosses onto the buns.

Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden.

While these are baking pour the honey and the jam in a pan and warm. Set aside.

Remove the buns from the oven once golden and brush with the warmed jam mixture.

Enjoy!

Lulu xxx

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