Thursday, 14 February 2008

Love Buns

These sweet little buns come from the Valentines chapter of Nigella's Feast cook book. the original recipe calls for a kinda meringue like topping that unfortunately I'm not too keen on either eating or making. thankfully in Feast Nigella gives an alternative topping idea of strawberry jam & whipped cream, which is what I used to decorate my Valentines love buns!!.

the bun recipe is unchanged from the book. for the topping I whipped some cream and then coloured it pink (only had white hearts & they wouldn't show up on white cream) I then spread the tops of each bun with strawberry jam, then the gorgeous pink whipped cream, white hearts & glittery sprinkles. and yes they do taste good!!

here's the original recipe, meringue topping included.

For the Buns:

125g soft butter

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

125g plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

2-3 T milk

For the Topping:

2 egg whites

4 T golden


100g caster sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp vanillaheart shaped sprinkles

Take everything you need out of the fridge in time to bring it to room temperature - this makes a huge difference to the lightness of the love buns later - and preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200C.

Put all of the ingredients for the buns, except the milk, into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel, to make a smmoth dropping consistancy.
Divide the mixture into a 12-bun muffin tin lined with muffin papers or heart-patterned cases, and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. They should have risen and be golden on top; you want a little peak if possible.

Let them cool a little in their tin on a rack, and then take them carefully out of the tin to cool in their papers, still on the wire rack.

Now for the topping. Here there is a slight dilemma, as you'll make more than you need for the 12 buns, but if you halve the quantities, you won't have quite enough. If you're making these for you and your one true love, then I presume you won't need all 12 of them, in which case you could freeze most of the buns to be iced and eaten at some later date, and halve the topping ingredients to decorate the few you want today.

This is a topping that has a kind of meringue base, by which you whisk egg whites over heat until they're stiff and gleaming. Think Mr. Whippy. SO make a double-boiler with a bowl that will fit snugly over a saucepan of barely simmering water, and put all of the ingredients for the icing, except for the vanilla and the sprinkles, into the bowl. WHisk everything with an electric beater until the icing becomes thick and holds peaks like a meringue. This will take about 5 minutes, so be patient.

Take the bowl off the saucepan and on to a cool surface and keep whisking while you add the vanilla. Then keep whisking until the mixture cools a little. You want a proper peaked and whipped covering here, so spoon some icing over each bun, and then dollop another spoonful over ina swirly fashion. Immediately shake over your choice of sprinkles, as the icing will set very quickly. Indeed, these look rather like stage prop buns or the fake ones that some bakeries use to keep in their windows, so plasticky and gleaming are they.


Happy cook said...

Love the buns.

Sarah said...

If I were going to make breakfast for the hubby on valentines day, I think I would have to try this recipe... maybe this weekend instead.

Uma said...

Cute Buns! They must have tasted yummy!

Maria said...

Dell love your Love Buns, and of course the pink icing gets a big thumbs up from me ;o)

Happy Valentines Day


Donna said...

These are SO pretty!! I Bet they taste as good as they look to!!! Have a wonderful day!!

Cooking and the City said...

Happy Cook, thank you, much appreciated :-)

Sarah thanks for your lovely comment :-)

Uma, thank you glad you stopped by, yes they were yum :-)

Maria, thanks as always & Happy Valentines day :-)

Donna thank you & you have a lovely day too :-)

Happy Valentines Everyone :-)

ruthEbabes said...

They look so good and really cute. Perfect for a Valentines treat.

I'm getting hungry thinking about them.

Kevin said...

Nice looking buns. The strawberry ham and whipped cream topping sounds good!

Cakelaw said...

These look so cute - perfect for Valentines Day.

Rosie said...

Oh these are just perfect love buns and what a great colour PINK yeah :)

Rosie x

Mansi Desai said...

what a cute name! loved them:)

Jeena said...

You made these buns sound so delicious! They look amazing yummy. :-)

Cooking and the City said...

Ruth, as always thank you :-)

Kevin, thanks for your very kind comments :-)

Cakelaw thanks for stopping by & your lovely comments :-)

Rosie thanks as always, yeah that pinks really something, hey ;-)

Mansi desai, thanks for visiting, really appreciate your lovely comments :-)

Jeena, thank you your very sweet, really appreciate it :-)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Love buns .. words itself brings happiness... nice work, eh.

Cooking and the City said...

Anamika thank you for visiting & your lovely comments! :-)

Pixie said...

These look simply delicious! Hope you had a good Valentine's!

kali-kisses said...

These are adorable :D
I think your icing sounds perfect too. I am currently reading Nigella's feast book, its great!

Cooking and the City said...

Thank you Kali, your very sweet. yes Feast is a great book! I love it :-)

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