Hot Cross Buns
A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
This quantity of batter makes 12 buns.
- 500g strong white flour
- 1 tsp dried yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 40g caster sugar
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 250ml milk
- 60g butter, room temperature
- 2 eggs
100g Dried mixed fruit
100g flour & 200ml water paste
2 Tbsp warmed honey
- Make the dough by combining all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, draw it all together with your hand to combine well and squeeze the dough into a ball.
- Work and fold the dough for 15 minutes, pulling and stretching in several directions.
- Turn the dough into a ball and place in a large clean bowl, cover and leave in a warm place to prove for 1 hour.
- Knock the air out of the dough and roll out into a rectangle 1cm thick.
- Sprinkle the dried fruit onto the dough, fold in and work the dough gently to incorporate the fruit evenly.
- Shape the dough into 12 buns, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover and prove for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 200c, mix the flour and water into a thick paste and spoon into a piping bag.
- Just before baking, pipe crosses onto the buns.
- Bake at 200c for approx 12-16 mins, look for firm, risen, golden brown buns.
- Brush the baked buns with warm honey for a lovely shiny glaze.
Recipe courtesy of Hen Corner
This entry was posted in Recipes on February 27th, 2018 by helenkennedy
This Valentines Day we’re celebrating #UnlikelyLove! Does your dog and hamster have a blossoming friendship? Are your horse and your cat inseparable? Has your rabbit taken a liking to the goldfish? Or are your kids and your chickens besties?
Courtesy of Omlet and Nicola’s Pet Portraits, you could be in with a chance of winning a £100 Omlet Voucher and a 10″ x 10″ Pet Portrait!
All you have to do is share a picture of a time you’ve captured a surprising friendship on our Facebook post, tweet us or tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #UnlikelyLove, winners will be announced at midday on Friday 16th February so you have until then to enter! Good Luck!
Terms and conditions apply: The competition closes at 11.45am on Friday 16th February 2018. Entries are only applicable from social media channels. The winning entrant will be selected and notified by social media on Friday 16th February 2018. Omlet reserve the right to withdraw the competition at any point. Prizes cannot be transferred to cash. This competition is only open to UK residents. Nicola’s Pet Portraits will produce a 10″ x 10″ pet portrait of your choice. Please allow one month for the portrait to be produced.
This entry was posted in Competitions on February 9th, 2018 by helenkennedy
- It is always best to crate your dogs when travelling in a car so that they are secure and wont be at risk of injury if you break sharply or are involved in an accident. It also means they are not a distraction to you as the driver making it a much safer journey for everyone.
- Make sure your dog is crate trained before you first want to take them on a trip. Some dogs find journeys stressful, you don’t want to increase this stress by putting them in a crate for the first time and then putting them in a moving vehicle.
- A crate shouldn’t be used as a form of punishment, positive reinforcement will encourage your dogs to use the crate with ease. Never force them to go in their crate, leave the door open and let them go into the crate by themselves.
- Make sure you take them on a long walk before you are heading off on a trip, this way you will tire out your pups and they will more likely want to rest once they’re in the car, this also prevents accidents happening.
- That being said make sure you plan stops en route at least every 2 hours to allow them the opportunity to stretch their legs and go to the bathroom.
- When you do stop, remember not to leave your dog in a parked car, you’d be surprised how quickly your car can become very hot and will leave your dog dehydrated which is potentially fatal, never risk it.
- Make sure you have the right sized crate for your dog. Omlet Fido Classic Crates are available in 24, 30 and 36 inches, with optional accessories such as water bowls and beds.
- It’s a nice idea to sometimes bring your dogs favourite blanket or toy to relax them and keep them calm.
- Make sure your dog is microchipped before you set off, also carry a recent photo of them just in case you become separated.
- Test the water with a few short drives prior to your big trip, get them used to the car and they should become less anxious.
- Make a list of all your packing essentials such as the food/water bowl, wipes, waste bags, ID tags, collar, leash etc.
- Feed them at least 3 hours before you intend on travelling to prevent them feeling sick, if it’s a very long journey feed them some light snacks when you stop for a break.
This entry was posted in Pet Advice on February 6th, 2018 by helenkennedy
Pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday as the last meal before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Historically, people would use up the goodies and treats in their larders before a 40 day fast as they pray and prepare themselves for Christ’s death and resurrection at Easter.
This is a great recipe to enjoy in February as pure breed hens are just coming back into lay and, hopefully, you’ll have eggs aplenty!
This quantity of batter makes 6 pancakes.
200g plain flour
1/5 tsp salt
Vegetable oil (we used organic rapeseed oil)
Sugar and lemon wedges
1) Combine the flour and salt in a large jug, make a dip/well in the middle of the flour and crack the eggs into the well.
2) Begin to whisk the eggs together with a couple of tablespoons of milk starting to incorporate some of the flour as you go.
3) Continue to add the milk a few tablespoons at a time, whisking as you go, gradually incorporating the flour. This will help create a smooth batter.
4) Once all the ingredients are combined, leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes.
5) Preheat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat, brushing the inside with a thin coating of oil.
6) Pour in a small amount of batter and swirl it around the pan for an even coating.
7) As it cooks, watch for the pancake to start coming away from the edges of the pan, then loosen under the pancake with a spatula.
8) Confidently toss your pancake (or carefully turn over) to cook the other side, they are ready once lightly browned each side.
9) Continue cooking the rest of the batter, brushing the pans with a little oil in between each new pancake.
Serve sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice, or any indulgent topping of your choice!
Recipe courtesy of Hen Corner
This entry was posted in Recipes on February 6th, 2018 by helenkennedy
From 18 January 2018, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. From 25 January 2018 there’s a similar Prevention Zone in Wales.
Here’s some helpful tips:
- Place your birds’ food and water in fully enclosed areas that are protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly.
- Keep your equipment clean and tidy and regularly disinfect hard surfaces. Use disinfectant such as Virkon.
- Clean footwear before and after visiting your birds
- Ensure clothing that you use when handling your chickens is washed after contact.
- Use Run Covers
- Keep moveable coops in the same place – If coops are moving to fresh ground there is more chance of coming into contact with wild bird faeces.
- Keep a close eye on your chickens. If you have any signs of illness, seek advice from a qualified vet.
This entry was posted in Pet Advice on February 1st, 2018 by helenkennedy