NOW & THEN
Fiona Smith delves into the archives to update a Cuisine classic
THE COVER OF ISSUE 47 promised “48 hours of revelry” and the inside pages delivered, with a Christmas Eve buffet from Ray McVinnie, a Penny Oliver brunch and a traditional festive feast courtesy of Annabel Langbein. Meanwhile, Maggie Beer shared a pheasant recipe and the tasting panel picked the best bubblies for all budgets (starting from $8!). I loved the idea of Annabel’s lemon brioche buns filled with Christmas mince. The original recipe was designed as a dessert: “Tradition with a twist – that has to be the 90s way to indulge in dessert at Christmas,” as the intro said. I’ve decided to take the booze out for my updated version, which makes these buns perfect for Christmas breakfast or a special festive morning tea. I have also gone for a much simpler recipe than the original one, with all the ingredients mixed together in one go.
FRUITY LEMON BRIOCHE BREAKFAST ROLLS
MAKES 12 / PREPARATION 40 MINUTES PLUS OVERNIGHT RISING TIME / COOKING 45 MINUTES 1 cup whole milk 110g butter 500g flour ⅓ cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 8g/1 sachet instant dry yeast 1 egg finely grated zest of 2 lemons 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup raw or light brown sugar juice of 1 lemon 70g hazelnuts or almonds, chopped 1½ cups fruit mince (I use Barker’s) Put the milk and 60g of the butter in a saucepan and gently heat to melt the butter. It doesn’t need to be too hot, just enough to melt the butter.
Put the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, egg, lemon zest and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment.
Pour in the melted butter and milk mixture, mix until smooth then knead for 3-4 minutes. Alternatively, once mixed, tip the dough onto the bench and knead by hand for 8 minutes. Cover and leave to rise until doubled – about 1 hour.
Line a 28cm-30cm cake tin with a large piece of baking paper (it should be bigger than the base so that when you push it in, it comes up the sides a little).
Melt the remaining 50g butter with the raw or light brown sugar, stir in the lemon juice then pour this evenly over the cake tin base and sprinkle with the nuts.
Roll out the dough to a 30cm x 45cm rectangle. Cut the dough in half lengthwise and then into 12 equal-sized rectangles.
Spread a tablespoon of fruit mince down the length of each piece of dough, leaving a 1cm border. Fold over one long side of the dough to hold in the filling, then roll up from the short end.
Stand the rolls, folded edge up, in the prepared tin with some space between them. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Do not pack them tightly into the tin, especially in the middle, as the buns in this part of the tin will cook the most slowly.
In the morning, take the rolls out of the fridge and bring to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Put the rolls in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, covering with foil if they are browning too quickly. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out to serve. Recipe & food styling Fiona Smith Photography Aaron McLean Styling Fiona Lascelles CREDITS Wooden cups from Walk in the Park. For full details, see Credits Index.