Here is a link to an excellent booklet produced by the Australian government. Everything you wanted to know about feeding children and cooking for children, a weekly menu plan, and simple and nutritious recipes with a grocery list. Brilliant!
I’m frequently asked for the recipe of the bread buns we have for morning tea. So here it is, this recipe makes enough buns for twelve families at playgroup, so adjust according to your need. We love Elisa Kleven’s Sun Bread at playgroup but it is too heavy on our playgroup budget, so here is the compromise…
Orana Sun Bread10 cups plain flour 2 eggs 500 ml warm milk 3 sachets of dried yeast 3 big spoons of golden syrup 100g butter some extra milk to make it the right consistency
Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
The original recipe is at http://www.elisakleven.com/recipe.html. I had a bit of trouble with the recipe, so I made an Australian version of Sun Bread. The original recipe calls for 3 eggs per 2 cups of flour. As I put 10 cups of flour into the dough for playgroup, that would have been 15 eggs which would have been much too much. I use jumbo sized free-range eggs. The American recipe also said to use 2 packages of active dry yeast per 2 cups of flour, which would have been 10 sachets of yeast and once again too much.
Here are the ingredients I used for 10 cups of flour…10 cups plain flour 300g unsalted butter 9 jumbo sized free range eggs half a cup of milk 5 sachets of dried yeast (7g per sachet) about half a cup of raw sugar – I never measure it
Ordinary Bun Recipe
This is the recipe we used before we discovered Sun Bread…6 cups white flour 2 cups wholemeal flour 6 tablespoons good quality oil 3 dried yeast sachets 6 tablespoons golden syrup (or a bit extra if you like). You could try treacle too. 2 cups warm water or milk You can add some mixed spice if you like.
Put the water, yeast, and golden syrup into a bowl together to ferment, mix well. Mix the other ingredients together into a different bowl. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and give it a good stir. You might need a little extra warm water, just a smidge. I find the bread dough doesn’t like to be handled too much, it doesn’t rise as well. Cover the ball of dough loosely with cling wrap or a tea towel, and place in a warm spot to rise. I don’t punch it or knead when it has risen, I divide it into small balls and give to the kids to shape it. Add sultanas, chopped apricots, anything you like really, be creative. Cook in a preheated oven, about 180 degrees celsius for 20 minutes. Enjoy with butter, jam, golden syrup, honey, etc. Yum!
Some playgroup families have had bun making as an activity at their children’s birthday parties, and it is a good activity for the children during school holidays.