BREAD MAKING MADE EASY
Scottish Baps also called buns when homemade are fresh soft pockets of bread that are perfect for a sandwich.
Just recently I started making buns again because the numbers in our budget were just getting too high.
As you all know I love to be busy in the kitchen and looking for ways to help lower our grocery budget.
One thing I like to do is make all the treats we eat in the house instead of buying commercially made products.
Honestly, I could go on and on sharing recipes with the amount of homemade baking and cooking that I do. It suits our family and our budget.
We have all discussed the cost of living, and living within our means lately and the biggest thing that was eating into our budget for a long time was bread and buns for sandwiches.
I know you may think I’m joking but yes bread products can easily drive the budget higher each week. I was buying bread at reduced prices and freezing them but was finding they didn’t keep very long.
This means I have to watch flyer sales and buy bread as I shop each week so it stays fresh.
My family can easily go through four loaves of bread in one week as well as buns. I would buy a dozen buns for sandwiches and they are typically gone within a couple of days.
I needed a solution and with a bit of fine tuning I found the easiest and cheapest way to make homemade buns that my family loves for a fraction of the store-bought price.
Costings breakdown to buy the products to make the flour baps/buns but it will depend on each store in province.
This will make loads of Scottish Baps/Buns.
- Flour from Costco $6.99 10kg bag
- Salt $1.49 1kg box
- Yeast 2lbs $4.99
- Milk $4.39 4L jug
What are flour baps and how long do they keep for?
In Scotland we call buns flour baps as mentioned and to be honest they are so easy to make you won’t ever buy buns again.
The small round buns or baps are fluffy inside and keep really well, up to 5 days without going hard. The freshness factor is great because my family loves to have toasted buns on the weekend with my homemade jam or carrot marmalade.
We also like to stuff them with luncheon meats and cheese or butter and eat with homemade chili, stew or soups. You can have these hot fluffy flour baps ready to eat with-in a couple of hours. If you are anything like us we love to enjoy buns hot out of the oven too.
Do you make homemade buns?
How to make buns or baps
Making bread is not as hard as you think it is and I’m betting you will come back to leave me a comment to tell me so.
Bread making can be an art but for the home baker this requires the skill of reading and following a recipe.
- 4½ cups flour
- ½ cup butter
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 cup lukewarm milk
- 4 teaspoons yeast
- Extra cup of flour for kneading dough
- Place flour, butter and salt into a bowl and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- In a jug place the lukewarm milk, water, sugar and yeast then stir until dissolved. Cover and place in a warm area until frothy
- Once frothy mix again and add into the flour mix and stir until it starts coming together to form a dough. I use my mixer for this but you can use a handheld too. Just mix until the beater starts to clog with dough then turn out.
- Knead dough until smooth around 5 minutes then place back in the bowl and let rise for 1hr. I use my oven and switch on the light for this.
- Once doubled in size punch down and knead again for 5 minutes
- Then divide into 12 pieces and roll dough into balls.
- You should get all 12 balls onto the baking tray.
- Dust bottom of baking tray with flour
- Once the baking tray is dusted with flour place dough evenly apart onto tray and then dust again with flour.
- I use an old spice jar filled with flour for this. You can use parchment paper too.
- Let rise again for another 20 minutes
- Now place in the oven for 15 minutes or until the top of the Baps/Buns have turned light brown.
- Take of the baking tray and place on cooling tray.
These Scottish Baps/Buns can be frozen once cooled and are great for when you need to do a big brunch or dinner.
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