Oh yes… I’ve gone for it. I’ve taken on “the male judge” from the Great British Bake Off and made his honey buns. My sis gave me his book for Christmas and it was about time I dived in… so here’s my take.
Now, I hate to disagree with the maestro, but while Paul said this would make 18 I think it makes more like 12, but perhaps my cupcake holders were extra big!
- 200g plain flour
- half a tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 100g unsalted butter at room temp.
- 100g soft brown sugar
- 1 egg separated
- 100g honey
- 1-2 tbsp of milk
- 75g (small handful) of pecan nuts
Cakes and baking need a reliable oven temp. so get that baby on to 200 degrees. Meanwhile, sift the flour, bicarb and cinnamon together into a bowl. In your mixer cream together the butter and the brown sugar. Then add the egg yolk and honey and blitz a bit more.
Combine the butter mix with the flour and add the milk and pecans so you have a nice, but quite stiff, batter. Then return to your mixer (which you must clean) and add in your egg white and whisk until they make stiff peaks. Fold this through the cake mix, keeping as much air in as possible. Plop the mixture into cupcake holders and whack in the oven for 15 mins or until golden brown.
Leave to cool while you make the icing:
- 75g or a large tbsp of philly
- 100g of icing sugar
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- Pecan nuts to decorate
Beat together cream cheese, sugar and honey until smooth and slightly stiff. Drizzle over the top of the buns and top with a pecan nut. Sticky, sweet, honeyed buns? What’s not to love. I wonder if these would pass the steely blue eyed stare test….