I love beer, baking with it and drinking the stuff. It goes well with a host of cuisines and with so many breweries across the UK, there’s a wealth of beer styles to choose from. Expedia have teamed up with Melissa Cole to bring you an interactive map covering the UK & Ireland’s Best Regional Breweries and places to stay when you visit.
St Austell Brewery is based in Cornwall and they have a lovely light citrussy Cornish IPA called Proper Job, that is easily drinkable on its own, but it would go well with a curry or some fish and chips. I used the citrus notes in this beer to make delicious Cornish Saffron Buns. The raisins in the recipe are soaked in Proper Job and then more beer is used in the dough. After baking, the beer really sweetens the buns and imparts a lovely flavour.
I absolutely love Cornwall and I don’t visit anywhere near as often as I’d like, it’s quite a long way from Oxford, but well worth the trip. St Austell is a great destination and there is so much to do in the area, not to mention to eat, like lots of scones with clotted cream, pasties, fish and chips and of course Cornish Saffron Buns.
Saffron buns were historically made for special occasions like anniversary feasts, nowadays they can be found in lots of bakeries all year round. They can be individual buns or one large loaf. Here I shaped all of mine into rounds, but baked them so they were more like a tear apart loaf.
Beer really works in baking and these buns would be a great alternative to Hot Cross Buns this Easter. These buns don’t have a very long proving time, so they are a really easy bake, a nice touch is to glaze the warm buns with a sugar solution as soon as they come out of the oven. See the recipe below.
- 220g Raisins
- 100ml Proper Job
- 575g Strong White Bread Flour
- 60g Caster Sugar
- 120g Lard/Trex/Butter
- 7g Fast Action Yeast
- 275g Proper Job
- Large pinch of saffron
- Butter for greasing
- To glaze:
- 2 Tbsp Caster Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Boiling Water
- Take the raisins and place them in a bowl, pour over the beer and stir to combine. Cover the raisins with clingfilm and leave them to soak.
- Dissolve the saffron strands in a tablespoon of boiling water and set to one side to cool.
- Put the flour, caster sugar, lard and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Combine the ingredients using the dough hook attached.
- Add the beer and saffron along with the liquid and mix until the dough has completely come together.
- Next take the raisins and drain off the liquid, put the drained raisins into the bowl and beat on low for 5 minutes until the raisins have been mixed into the dough.
- Continue to knead with the dough hook until it looks smooth and elastic.
- Place some clingfilm over the bowl and leave it to rest somewhere warm for 40 minutes.
- Take the risen dough from the bowl and divide it into 100g balls to make buns, shape the buns making sure any seams are on the bottom of the bun and place them on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper or in a 22cm cake tin, (if you want to cook them in two loaf tins, split the buns into 150g), that have been greased with butter and dusted with flour.
- Cover the tins and leave the buns to prove for 30 minutes or until they have risen by almost half.
- Preheat the oven to 170C Fan/190C and cook for 30 mins or until golden.
- Make the glaze by mixing the caster sugar with the boiling water and brush it over the warm buns.
- Leave the buns to cool, they are best eaten within 2 days, but you can split them, toast them and spread them with butter.
Use the Expedia UK & Ireland’s Best Regional Breweries Map to plan your next trip to Cornwall, you can even visit the St Austell Brewery, or try one of the many other great locations and breweries on the map.
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