So, this week was the week of sweet dough, and more specifically tea loaf, Couronne and sweet European buns.
Proving once again that you shouldn't actually try to get ahead of The Great British Bake Off.
I didn't really know what tea loaf was, and after looking through a few recipes thought I'd give it a try.
Of course using Yorkshire Tea to soak the fruit.
Tea loaf didn't need yeast, neither did any of the others I found.
And with the benefit of thinking things through- Bara Brith or fruit loaf I would have got. Proving once again parallel thinking is not my think (same goes for parking).
But this was us, probably too much demerara sugar on the top (although less than the recipe suggested).
And if I had watched the episode first, I probably would have gone with a fruit loaf without the tea (I seem to forget I've only ever enjoyed tea when pregnant).
Fortunately Mr J loved it so it's all good.
My second effort was focused on the concept of European sweet buns, my google search ended up on wikipedia where I was lead to believe cinnamon buns would meet the brief. And my cross check in my head remembered Ikea's Cinnamon whirls so I figured I'd be ok.
And to be honest I was really pleased to be with dough again.
Remembering all the lessons of my bread.
And this time it was great, I got confused that my dough was still expanding as I was trying to roll it.
I must admit I still have no idea how you're meant to roll a rectangle shape with dough- it was completely in control!
Cinnamon whirls used prunes, which was a bit different.
They were delicious, but even so I'd probably use raisins and sultanas on a second attempt.
Neither of these recipes were up the children's street- so it was fortunate we were also catching up on traybakes.
Both of these are great autumnal treats which my parents loved, so I think these will also be featuring in our Christmas preparations.
As always, a massive thank you to Jenny and Helen for their support on this. For rallying everyone's confidence and making these challenges seem like a walk in the kitchen.