Hot Cross Buns / Hot AV Buns

For this year’s hot cross buns, I made them using Dan Lepard’s Spicy Stout Buns, which were very tasty.

I used the Kenwood, so it was slightly easier than the kneading by hand – at the mixing stage, bung the lot into the bowl with the dough hook, and knead it a bit, and then follow the 10 min – rest phases too. This whole recipe was on the large size for the Kenwood, but just about all fit in the bowl.

My attempt at Hot AV Buns.
But the cooking time wasn’t right for my oven. I knocked five minutes off the time and used the temp for fan ovens, and still it burned.

Gah! All that time making them and I ended up burning the buggers!

And, as per the joke doing the rounds on the internets, I made some of them into “AV Buns” instead of crossed buns. Piping flour and water is a right pain!

Here’s last year’s attempt – I just made a small batch then as I was dieting. Now that I’m thin (hem hem) I made a full batch that made 14 buns.

Only just preheating the oven for my hot cross buns. Have to say I think those came out rather well.

(PS another interesting looking recipe is this one on Bakery Bits, but like all their interesting recipes, it’s mainly there to sell you stuff only Bakery Bits sell…)

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Elections, me and the Pod Delusion

I’ve been talking on the Pod Delusion again this week, this time about some of the processes involved in standing for election to your local council. It’s more complicated than some people realise, and my process piece explains some of the intricacies.

The full podcast is available here.

Most of the time, I just scribble something down and send it in to PD and all is well.

This time, unfortunately, I got a bit carried away, and ended up writing seven pages of text before recording fifteen minutes of sound. Clearly that would not fit in a podcast where they try and keep the pace going and a variety of different reports, so I was asked to edit it down. This meant cutting two large digressions about elections by thirds and some of the candidates for election in Nottingham. Happily, the unexpurgated report is also available for download at the link above.

It’s not the first time I’ve spoken about election processes for the Pod Delusion. Last year, they ran a piece from me on what happens on polling day, taking in the count and the work of polling officers. You can find that on Episode 32.

I also did a bit of spiel on how political parties target leaflets mostly about Election Communications delivered during general elections to voters by the Royal Mail.

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  • Planning committee (@ Loxley House) #
  • @Meryl_F eek, what got him, and when? #
  • RT @alexfolkes: Packed room. Sun shining. No windows open. Crucial decisions. One councillor asleep <<< could be anywhere in country 🙂 #
  • RT @qikipedia: Most expensive flat in London sells for £136m – enough to buy 1,564 average houses in Burnley #
  • Cripes. More people follow @stephenfry on twitter than buy a daily newspaper. #
  • It's April, nearly 10pm, and whilst we're not quite eating outside, we are in the conneh by candlelight with the doors flung wide. #

  • End of meatballs and rice #
  • . @qikipedia thanks for the retweet, but the nugget of info came from Michael Buerk on #bbcradio4 #039;s Moral Maze #
  • RT @meerkatmartin: RT @bykimbo that will change the moment @stephenfry starts charging. << Is he likely to stampede, d'you think? #
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  • @dr_nick don't think last thing was done by a poltician. Arguments in favour of AV: #
  • RT @charltonbrooker: Are there *any* No to AV ads that aren't constructed from very very obvious horseshit? Not sarcasm; genuinely curious. #
  • @NCCLols are your comments libellous? #
  • @MadameNottm there is also the Militant Elvis Anti Tesco Popular Front candidate in Sneinton. Splitters! #
  • @Psythor so poor people can only go to post-94 unis?! #
  • @jonxyz you've presumably seen all the redubbed ones on Youtube? #
  • @Psythor no, no it's not. #
  • @Psythor "The new data could help advance our understanding" <– no, no it couldn't. It will give boring men more things to be boring about. #
  • @Psythor apparently there's more than one football team here! And some lady rugbyers too. #

  • Yup, @A_C_McGregor is definitely sober in this one #
  • Playing with foursquare. I'm guessing A&E means summat totally different to the leftpondians. #

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