Hot cross buns


1 cup water
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups plain flour
½ teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1/2 cup raisins, sultanas or currants
¼ cup choc chips (optional, add extra dried fruit instead)

For the crosses plain flour mixed with water into a thick paste

Apricot jam to glaze

Mix the hot water and cold milk together in a jug, its needs to be a nice warm temp so if not, heat it a little in the microwave, add yeast and sugar and leave to stand somewhere to activate the yeast, you will see it start to froth.

Measure the flour into a large mixing bowl, measure in mixed spice and cinnamon, rub the butter into the flour and spices, add egg, dried fruit, choc chips and milk knead gently into a soft sticky dough.

Leave the dough in a warm spot to double in size.

Cut dough into 16 even size piece and knead each piece into a smooth ball. Line a 20 cm square cake tin with baking paper and place the balls in the tin. Leave in warm spot to rise for about 15 minutes. Put the flour paste crosses onto and bake for about 20 minutes in a 200C oven or until golden and cooked.

Glaze with the heated apricot jam

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!

Homemade Pizza


My kids love making pizza! This bread dough pizza base is very economical so you could make some bases in bulk and freeze uncooked, even topped if you want, to defrost and bake when needed. The tomato base sauce will freeze well too, use a jar of pasta sauce or store bought bases if you want to make this easier.

Pizza dough
500 grams bakers (or plain) flour or wholemeal plain
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon bread improver
300 ml lukewarm water

Mix together and knead well until smooth leave to rise for 20 minutes and roll out into 2 large pizza bases.

Thermomix: knead for 2minutes and leave to rise for 20 minutes and roll out into 2 large pizza bases.

Tomato Pizza sauce

400 grams tomatoes or tinned tomatoes
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon basil
olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper

To make the sauce to go on the pizza base, chop the onion and crush the garlic and sauté with the oil in a heavy based pot, add crushed tomatoes and chopped herbs, sugar and simmer for 20 minutes and season with the salt and pepper.

Thermomix: crush garlic speed 6/5 seconds, add onion chop speed 5 4 seconds. add a dash of oil and sauté 2 minutes/100 C. Add tomato, sugar and herbs and chop speed4/ 5 seconds. simmer 90C/ 15 minutes season with salt and pepper.

When assembling and baking the pizzas for a nice crunchy golden brown base brush the pizza tray or baking tray with oil. Top the rolled out pizza bases with tomato sauce and your favourite toppings here are a few family favourites.

1 cup pineapple
100 grams ham
2/3 grated cheese (mozzarella or tasty or a mixture of both)

BBQ chicken
1 cup cooked shredded chicken meat
½ medium brown onion
1 cup mushrooms
½ cup pineapple
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
2/3 cup grated cheese (mozzarella or tasty or a mixture of both)

BBQ meat
100 grams ham
100 grams salami
½ onion
100 grams mushroom
½ capsicum
2 tablespoons
BBQ sauce
2/3 cup grated cheese

Sweet chilli chicken
1 cup chicken
½ medium onion
½ capsicum
100 grams mushrooms
2/3 cup cheese
2 tablespoons sweet chilli or chilli sauce
sour cream to serve on top when the pizzas are cooked



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