Bake the British Isles - Traditional Hot Cross Buns
Helena England, BA Hons, PGCE, MA
Come and have fun baking hot cross buns with a UK teacher, and learn some history and culture behind this Easter treat. (Look out for other classes in the series - bakes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and UK celebrations.)
We will start by putting our aprons on and briefly introducing ourselves, finding out what the students already know about our beautiful British Isles; some of them may have even visited. We will take a look at a map to locate the four countries that make up the UK. We will talk briefly about the traditions behind hot cross buns. Hot cross buns are a yeasted, fruity, spicy bread that are traditionally eaten at Easter in the UK. We will mix and knead the dough, then shape it into buns....
Homework OfferedIf you would like to send a photo of the finished bake, I would love to see it!
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedStudents will be able to make simnel cake using a traditional recipe, and know some facts about the UK too.
Equipment: mixing bowls wooden spoon cup to beat the egg grater to grate the lemon zest piping bag or plastic food bag with the corner cut off (to pipe the cross on top of the buns) pan or microwaveable bowl to melt butter/warm milk pastry brush to glaze the buns baking sheet lined with baking paper weighing scales/measuring cups/teaspoons/fork wire cooling tray Ingredients strong white bread flour plain flour/all purpose flour yeast lemon butter sugar egg salt mixed spice/pumpkin pie spice cinnamon (or use extra mixed spice) dried fruit eg raisins, sultanas, currants candied peel (or use extra dried fruit) As this is a baking class, it is essential an adult is on hand to assist where necessary.
Please note that this is a baking class and an adult needs to be on hand to supervise the use of the oven. This recipe contains dairy products and flour; if your child has allergies to these ingredients this class will not be suitable for them. However, it is possible to use non-dairy products in this recipe such as soy milk and non-dairy spread.
Meet the teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Helena, and I live in the UK. It is my pleasure to share with my learners some of the best/worst/quirky bits of Britain through my own nerdiness for history and baking. Enthusiasm, positivity, patience, joy, respect...
Live video meetings
3-6 learners per class