2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 1/4 cup of granulated sugar 1 sachet of rapid-rise yeast 2 tablespoons non-fat dry milk 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup very warm water 6 ounces pear or apple puree (make our own or buy baby food fruit puree) 3 egg whites 1 1/2 cups of whole-wheat flour 2 tablespoons of honey 1/3 cup soft brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup of raisins
1. In large bowl, mix the all purpose flour, sugar, yeast, dry milk and salt. Add the water and fruit puree.
2. Stir in the egg whites and whole-wheat flour to make soft dough.
3. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes.
4. Cover with a slightly moist tea-towel and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.
5. Roll dough into a 16- by 14-inch rectangle.
6. Brush honey onto dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins onto the honey.
7. Starting at the longest edge, roll up tightly like a Swiss roll.
8. Pinch the final edge to stop it from unrolling.
9. Cut into 12 equal pieces.
10. Place in a greased baking pan / on a baking sheet.
11. Cover and leave in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size. (about 30 minutes).
12. Bake at 200°C for 20 to 25 minutes or until done.
13. When cool either coat with powdered sugar icing or make up an icing mix and drizzle it over the top of the buns.
Cooking is fun. Baking cakes and buns can be an educational activity for children, involving measuring, following instructions, decision making and socialising / working with other people. For the best experience make sure you have the ingredients and cooking equipment to hand before you begin baking. These recipes have all been tried and tested, and should work. No specialist cooking equipment is needed - the average kitchen will contain all the ingredients and equipment you need to have fun, and bake great cakes and buns.