Hello, I have been baking, as it is nearly Easter I thought it would be nice to bake some Hot Cross Buns.
1lb Strong White Flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
1oz, (30g) of fresh yeast or ½oz active dry yeast
6 fl oz warm milk
1 beaten egg
6oz – 60g mixed fruit
2 tablespoons of sugar dissolved in 2 tablespoons of warm milk.
Because I was using dried yeast I had to make it come alive by mixing it with a little of the warmed milk and a teaspoon of the sugar and leave it in a warm place to bubble. So if you are using dried yeast do this first.
Then I had to mix the flour and the spices together, the spices smelt lovely, then I had to rub in the butter until it went all crumbly. Then I added the sugar and gave it a good stir. (If you are using fresh yeast you now have to mix one teaspoon of the sugar into the yeast and the n mix in the milk). Next I had to mix the egg, milk and yeast into the flour and mix it all together.
Next I had to put some flour on a board and tip the dough out and knead it, this means squeezing and pulling it until it is nice and smooth. This was lots of fun, then I had to pop it back into the bowl and cover it over with cling film and leave it in a warm place for 1 hour…
…and it grows, look at how big it got. Next I had to pop the dough onto the board and knead in the fruit until it was all used up
and make into a sausage shape then I cut it into 12 pieces and rolled them into cake shapes. I had to use a very shape knife to cut a cross shape into the top. (Hot cross buns have icing crosses on them now but this is an old recipe and the crosses were made differently then).
I put them on a try and covered them again and again they had to be left this time for 25 minutes. So I lit the oven on gas mark 6 400 °f 200°c. After the 25 minutes the buns went into the oven for 18 minutes, then I had to paint them with the sugar and milk and put them back into the oven for 2 minutes. When the buns were cooked I left them to cool.
They were yum
Hello I have been on another adventure this time to the National Memorial Arboretum. The arboretum is like a big park full of little gardens and big stones with writing on, these are to help people remember all the people who helped in the wars and special brave people who worked for the police and fire brigade and lot’s of things like that. A lot of the ground was under water because of all the rain we have had, and some of it had turned to very slippery ice, so I couldn’t see everything. I hopped around the dryer ones and then got on the land train which just went straight through the water and over the ice which made me a little bit scared when it made crunching noises. When the train takes you round a man tells you all about what the different memorials are for and why they had been built, it was very interesting. The train didn’t go to all of the memorials because it can only go on the road and a lot of the memorials are on grass, I think I will have to go back on a nice dry day so that I can see them all. In one of the little gardens there is a tree called ‘The Anne Frank’s Tree’ it was named after a young girl who hid in a secret room during the second world war, she wrote a diary about what it was like in the war and when she was killed it was made into a book. The tree has all its flowers cut off just before her birthday to signify how she died before she had chance to bloom, (that means to show how she didn’t have the chance to grow-up).
There is also a big wall in the shape of a circle cut in half with a little cut in half circle inside. There are lots of names on the stones and these are the names of people who have died in the wars. If you stand on one side of the outside circle and whisper the sound travels round the circle and people in the other half can hear you. The man on the train told me to look for the crack in the wall because it is a very special place. At 11 ‘o’ clock on the 11th of November the sun shines through the crack and lights up the brass wreath in the center of the two circles, I think that would be very exciting to see.
It was a very cold day and my little paws had gone numb, so I decided to go home and have a nice warm drink and a carrot.
national memorial info
I have been on another adventure, this time to Delamere Forest. I met lots of other bunnies on the site. They told me they live in the forest with all the other animals and come to the site at night time to eat the grass and the seeds that the birds have left. People feed the birds and sometimes lots of people feed them and the birds can’t eat it all, so the bunnies get a treat.
I went on a train into Chester which is a walled city (that means a very long time ago it had a big wall all the way around). People called Romans built it. Parts of the wall are still up and you can hop around them, so I did. There is also a park called Grosvenor Park, my people mommy and daddy told me about the friendly squirrels that live there, so I thought it would be nice to visit them. When I got to the park a lot of it was fenced off, a man told me that they were giving it a facelift, I didn’t understand that, I didn’t know parks had faces. I hopped around the outside of the fences and found a few squirrels, they told me a lot of their friends had gone to find somewhere else to live, so I gave them the nuts I had brought for them and hopped into town. I had a look around the shops I have never seen shops like them before. There were a lot of shops on the street and then another row on the top of them, I liked the Christmas lights and the man making dogs out of sand, and the men playing Christmas songs, I even had a little dance.
I went for a hop in the forest and played in the leaves it was so much fun and then I hopped the Stick man trail, this fun too. On the trail were hidden objects to find and little poems to read, lot’s of information about trees and stick men hidden in the trees. There was also a pile of sticks to build with and you could pick up sticks and make a stick man of your own. I made one and left him in the forest so that he had some friends, do you think they have a party when everyone has gone home for their tea? I do. I think I will make some stick men for our garden.
Here are my photos
Grosvenor Park info
Oh I have had so much fun, I have been helping my people brother to decorate the Kitchen Christmas Tree. It has lots of twinkley purple globes and stars and three fairies. It also has lots of little bells that go tinkle-tinkle when you tap them. I wasn’t very good at putting the globes on they kept falling on the floor, my little paws couldn’t hold the string. I had to climb up the tree to put some of the decorations on and it was very high, I wanted to sit on the top like the fairy but I don’t think the fairy would have liked it if I had because that is her place. We have two masks for the tree too, they have feather and shiny stuff called sequins, I put one on and my people mommy said she thought I was supposed to be dressing the tree not myself, and people brother thought it was funny. I did get into a mess with the glitter stringy stuff and my people brother had to left me up to put it on the tree. It took us a long time to trim it but it looked lovely when we had finished.
Tonight I am going to dream about all the pretty things.
I wanted to do something nice for my people brother and I know he likes this chocolate. He calls it Christmas chocolate because my people mommy makes it at Christmas. So I decided to make some for him.
I needed chocolate, nuts and dried fruit
First I had to break up the chocolate and put it in a bowl and put the bowl over a saucepan of hot water on the stove. You have to be very careful that the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
While the chocolate was melting I had to put baking paper in a dish, it kept making me laugh because every time I put it in it popped out again.
When the chocolate had melted I had to stir in the nuts and fruit.
Then I had to pour all the chocolate into the dish and put it in the fridge
When it was set I had to use the big knife to cut it up, you must be very careful when you use knifes
I have been on another adventure, this time to Wales. In the field next to the van where I stayed were a flock of sheep, they told me about an old burial place called Arthur’s Stone; I thought it sounded exciting so I went to find it. It is very very old, even older than some of the graves I have looked at before. It wasn’t in a church yard because they didn’t bury people like that in the stone age, and it wasn’t like the other graves I have looked at. This one is called a tomb and there would have been a little passage to get in, the people were buried with their pots and axes and spears and large stones were placed on the top, it look a little bit like a funny little house, I think it would make a good home for little bunnies, I don’t think people would mind just as long as the bunnies behaved themselves.
The next day I did the circular hop from the site to Hay-on-Wye, first I had to hop along a very busy road then down a little path which had a little stream running along side; it was very pretty but very muddy. Then came a very long hop up a very long hill, my little legs were ever so tired when I got to the top. Hay-on-Wye is a little village full of book shops, it is the biggest place in the world for second-hand books, well that’s what the tea towel I read in a shop said. I had a little look around the shops, and then hopped down to the river. My people mommy had told me about a place called The Warren which is a big field at the end of a river walk, and at the end of the field is a beach. I had never heard of a beach in woodland, so I wanted to try to find it. After a long hop along the river I came to a field with two little horses in, I asked them if they knew where the Warren was and they told me I only had to follow the muddy path, they didn’t tell me to watch out for naughty dogs. I hopped down the path and had to be very careful to hop around the big muddy puddles, right at the bottom of the path was a big gate and right behind it The Warren. I hopped across it and looked at all the trees, a lot of them weren’t green they were yellow and gold, they looked very pretty. Then I found the beach, in the summertime people come and swim here. I would like to do that but it was far too cold to swim this time, so I just had a little play. As I hopped back into town I met a very naughty dog, he stole my shoe and ran away with it, naughty, naughty dog, they were my new ones. The hop back to the van went along the river, some of the path had washed away in the rain and I had to be very careful not to fall into the river because that was running very fast. I had to hop through fields of sheep too and it was very muddy by the gates, it was very hard trying to hop with only one shoe. One of the sheep asked me if I had lost my shoe in the river and when I told her about the dog she just nodded her head and said ‘yes some dogs are very naughty, sometimes they chase the sheep and can hurt them’. I don’t like naughty dogs. If you are a dog you mustn’t chase sheep or jump up and take things that are not yours that is very naughty.
Arthur’s Stone info
hay on wye info