Is there another moment in time quite as disappointing as discovering your homemade bun dough hasn’t risen.
And you suddenly realise you are going to have to offer your friends who are due in half an hour some shop bought mince pies instead of the freshly baked cinnamon buns you tempted them over with.
Oh the shame.
Luckily I had a pan of mulled wine on the stove wafting it’s potent christmas scent towards the front door to welcome them in, and the mince pies weren’t just any old shop bought mince pies but Heston’s shortcrust pastry with mandarin sugar mince pies. I was forgiven for my sunken bun dough.
A couple of hours later my guests had gone and so had six mince pies, a bottle of wine and all my previous despair about my baking fail. So full of all christmas cheer, I decided to persevere with my buns, after all I’d made my filling and spent all that time kneading, I might as well pop them in the oven and hope for the best. And to my utter astonishment, 16 tasty looking and delicious tasting Finnish dessert buns emerged 12 minutes later. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream, a shot of espresso and I was in spiced bun heaven.
C H R I S T M A S C O M P E T I T I O N !
I’m going to run my first competition over on Facebook this week. The winner will get some goodies from the new Yuletide Sleigh-ride collection including the two mugs in these photos. The design was inspired by a vintage hand-painted hankie and is the first Christmas Katie Alice collection (very exciting)