Weekend Recap: The Good, The Bad and The Buns

There is very little in life that blows more than writing a letter of intent on a Sunday night.

Maybe it being -13 outside on March 17th.

Oh wait, both those things happened this weekend…

The Good:

  • Making it to a yoga class for the first time in 6 weeks
  • Having a beer after said yoga class where I wasn’t at least 10 years older than everybody.
  • Making those buns
  • Spending QT with Pia at the library, despite the lunacy of the librarian. Dude, it’s a KIDS LIBRARY. Relax.
  • Swapping out the bins full of clothing that Pia doesn’t wear (she has a tight rotation of 4 long sleeves and 5 leggings, which I have to wash almost every other day).
  • Sorting out the winter stuff in the hallway closet
  • Seeing B off with his boys from Toronto. Of course they were going to the parade.
  • Having my osteo tell me it’s ok to run!
  • Sipping tea with Abelle

The Bad:

  • Sorting out the winter stuff only to be told that we’re expecting snow on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Being stuck at home all day trying to write that GD letter and updating my cv while the kids swarmed around me like rabid hummingbirds
  • Eating 4 of those buns
  • Feeling so irritated by the kids this weekend, knowing that I shouldn’t, beating myself up that I do and then ending up being even angrier with them. Normal. Yes. Just nod. Don’t judge.
  • Not finding more things to add to the The Bad list.

Bah, I guess I had a good weekend…


Cara’s Hot Buns:

{disclaimer: you need a mixer for this!}

{disclaimer: don’t let Mr Yeast intimidate you… remember that you can only kill him by using water that’s too hot. Don’t let Mr Yeast get into you head. You can totally do this. Proof? I can do it.}

6-8 cups of flour (you can half and half with  white+whole wheat)

3 cups of warm milk
1 whisked egg
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar ( subsitute honey or maple syrup)
1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tbsp dry active yeast ( I buy the one in the jar and keep it in my fridge)
1/2 cup warm water
1 Tbsp sugar

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water and sprinkle in the yeast.

Let it activate 10 to 15 mins or until yeast is bubbly.

Mix together the milk, egg, oil, sugar  and salt and pour into the yeast mixture.

Add flour,  2 cups at a time in the mixer with the bread hook.

After you’ve added about 6 to 7 cups of flour, dump onto the counter and continue to knead and add flour (as needed) till you end up with dough that isn’t sticky.  According to Cara’s grandmother, it should feel like a baby’s bum.

Coat the bowl with oil and throw the dough back into it to rise. Cover in plastic wrap and throw a towel over it. Yeasty things like dark warm places.   Let it rise until it doubles, should take about 30-40 minutes.

Punch dough down and turn onto the work surface and knead out any air bubbles.

At this point, you’re ready to shape your buns! Cut off pieces about the size of a small lemon and smooth it out in your hands. I put them in a baking pan lined with parchment and coated them with a splash of milk (this gives them the nice brown top). Let them sit for another 20 minutes and then bake them for about 20 minutes at  350 degrees.

When they come out of the over, brush the tops with butter so they don’t get hard. I cooked mine in batches and got progressively better with the shaping.

We served them as a part of a “Build your own BLT Dinner” which went over fabulously with the kids! They have egg patties, bacon, lettuce, cheese, apples and tomatoes as fillings.  I also gave a tray to my peeps upstairs for taking care of the kids ALL the time and for being great neighbours.

Freeze what you don’t instantly eat. I dare you.    hould make between 2 and 3 dozens, depending on how big you size them.


Ok, have a great week everybody!






3 thoughts on “Weekend Recap: The Good, The Bad and The Buns

  1. You totally don’t need a machine to make these. When I first learned, I didn’t have a machine. Just means there is a lot of standing and kneading. A great way to release the tense feelings you have about family, speaking from experience. A lot of experience!

  2. Yeast is D2M. Your feelings are normal about your kids! And with that said, feel your pain. Also, SNOW? See you in June.

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