Yep, here it is, that diet destroying recipe from Alex Gooch that I promised in my last post. What can I say? It is simply addictive. There’s not much else I can add. Just try it for yourself.
500g Shipton Mill strong white flour
6 large eggs
250g butter at room temperature
8g dried yeast (Doves Farm is good)
4 large apples chopped into chunks (no need to peel)
For the glaze:
200g runny honey
50ml hot water
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl mix the flour, salt and yeast and 50g sugar. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly. It will be quite sticky.
Turn onto a table or board. Chop the butter and dot over the dough….yep you use the whole pack!
Massage the butter into the dough until combined. On another part of the table, or another board sprinkle plenty of flour. Scrape up the sticky brioche dough and place on top of the flour. It doesn’t require kneading just bring it together into a neat ball with a dusting of flour.
Put into an oiled bowl and cover the bowl with clingfilm. Leave it somewhere warm for about two and a half hours.
When ready turn the dough on to a well floured board and shape into an oblong (as in the picture below)
sprinkle over the cinnamon, cardamom and remaining sugar then top with chopped apple. Starting from the top roll the dough into a swiss roll shape. With a sharp knife cut into about eight to ten slices putting them top up on baking tray covered with baking paper. You want to fit them close together so that they batch while proving.
Cover with oiled cling film and leave for another 2 hours.
Bake in a medium oven 180 degrees, gas mark 4 for 20 to 25 minutes.
Allow to cool on the tray and do not separate the buns. Combine all the ingredients for the glaze and use to coat the buns about 20 minutes after they come out of the oven. After glazing sprinkle well with icing sugar.
WARNING!! DO NOT MAKE IF ON A DIET!!! Ours lasted 3 days!!
If you live close to Hay on Wye, I’m sure you can pick some up from the man himself or from one of the many local stockists, check here to find out where to buy.