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The recipes on this site are intended to give you ideas on how easy it is to feed your dog fresh food. If you would like a diet/s prescribed for long term balanced use please contact me to discuss further.

Ingredients

 

150 ml        goats milk

50g             goats butter

400             organic buckwheat flour

1 x 7g         packet easy-blend yeast

125g           dried blueberries

1tsp            ground cloves

¼ tsp          turmeric organic, powdered

1 large        free range organic egg

¼ tsp          ground ginger

 

For the egg wash

 

1 large egg (beaten with a little goats milk)

 

For the cross on the buns:

 

3 tbs           buckwheat flour

½tbs           raw honey

2  tbs          water

 

For the sugar glaze:

1 tbs           raw honey

1 tbs           boiling  water

METHOD

 

  • Heat the milk, butter, cardamom pods in a saucepan until the butter melts, then leave to infuse.

 

  • Measure the flour, yeast and dried cherries into a bowl and add the spices. When the infused milk has reached blood temperature beat in the egg.

 

  • Pour this liquid into the bowl of dry ingredients. Knead the bowl either by hand or with a machine with a dough hook; if it is too dry add a little more warm milk or water. Keep kneading until you have silky, elastic dough.

 

  • Form into a ball and place in a buttered bowl covered with cling film, and leave to prove overnight in the fridge. Now be patient...it will be worth it in the end! After all it is EASTER and so I've heard although not blessed with it myself....' Patience is a virtue'

 

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 7/220ºC/425ºF. Take the dough out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Punch the dough down....come on think of something or someone who annoys you! and knead it again until it is smooth and elastic.

 

  • Divide into 16 balls and shape into smooth round buns. I wouldn't start worrying unduly about their size: just halve the dough, and keep halving it until it's in eight pieces, and use that piece to make two buns.

 

  • Or just keep the dough as it is, and pinch off pieces slightly larger than a ping pong ball and hope you end up with 16 or thereabouts. Not that it matters. Sit the buns on a baking parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure they are quite snug together but not touching. Using the back of an ordinary eating knife, score the tops of the buns with the imprint of a cross. Cover with a tea-towel and leave to prove again for about 45 minutes - they should have risen and almost joined up.

 

  • Brush the buns with the egg wash, and then mix the flour, sugar and water into a smooth, thick paste. Using a teaspoon, dribble two lines over the buns in the indent of the cross.

 

  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. When the hot cross buns come out of the oven, mix the raw honey and boiling water together for the glaze, and brush each hot bun to make them sweet and shiny.

 

  • Leave them on the side for 20mins to cool of and the sticky syrup to dry.

 

  • These can be served as they are or in halves with a little goats butter.

 

  • You can skip the last two steps, making the cross and glazing if you prefer.

 

  • You can use blueberries or strawberries if you prefer but they would need to be dried or dehydrated to work well in this recipe. You could also add the zest of an orange and 1/4 teaspoon of carob powder to make a chocolates orange flavour just don't add the other spices. Or you could infuse the milk mixture with 2 cardamom pods and 3 cloves take out before adding the milk to the mixture. A lovely alternative is to use only honey and Camomile flowers for a delicate scented flavour.... The world is yours... Go be creative.

 

  • Remember Easter is traditionally feast time for us humans! So please don't over indulge your beloved pet. If you have one dog and make a batch of these you can freeze them for about a month, your dog will also enjoy them frozen, on a hot spring or summers day. You can eat them too, just one of my many sharing dishes. If you are going to feed say 3 treats in one day as a rough guide, weigh them and take that amount out from your pets daily dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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