Sweet Zimbabwe Buns

Fantastic does not begin to describe these buns we grew up eating back in Zimbabwe. They are best eaten fresh out of the oven. WARNING- They are highly addictive!!!!
Fast action yeast – 1 3/4 tsp
All purpose flour – 450g
Butter/ margarine – 50g
Egg – 1
Sugar – 3 tbs
Salt – 1 tsp
Skimmed milk powder – 2 tbs
Water – 225ml
Sugar – 2 tbs
Water – 2 tbs

If you have a bread machine, put all ingredients in the order specified by manufacturer and use the “dough” setting on your machine. When the dough is ready, go to step 8
If doing it by hand,melt butter in a small saucepan. Add water. You want this mixture to be blood temperature (warm to the touch not hot)
In a separate bowl mix together 350g flour, sugar, salt, yeast and milk powder.
Make a well in the centre and add in the egg and water/ butter mixture, stir well using a wooden spoon
Flour the wok surface using the remaining 100g of flour and knead until smooth (roughly 15 minutes- really good work out!!!)
When the dough is nice, smooth and elastic you know the gluten is developed
Place the dough in a bowl and cover loosely with cling film or a wet tea towel. This prevents your dough drying up. Leave the dough to rise until it has doubled in size (roughly an hour)
In the mean time, line a swissroll tin with baking parchment
When the dough is ready, lightly flour your work surface and knock the air out
Divide the dough into 12 equal portions (TIP- I use a knife to slice the dough into 2 equal halves, divide each half into 2 (giving 4 equal portions) then divide each quarter further into 3. This results in 12 evenly sized buns)
Arrange the dough in the pan spaced out evenly
Cover loosely with greased clingfilm and let rise for 30 to 40 minutes
Bake in a preheated oven (200 °C Fan/ 220°C Conventional) for 15 minutes
To make the glaze, mix sugar and water in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds in the microwave (alternatively you can do this in a saucepan on the hob)
When the buns are cooked remove from the oven and brush with glaze
NB: If you are using a bread machine to make the dour remember to put all the flour (450g)

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