Bake a batch of delicious Chelsea Buns this festive season, a favourite of Hazel Wong, detective extraordinaire from the Murder Most Unladylike series.
You will need:
For the dough:
• 10g dried instant yeast
• 350g plain flour
• 50g caster sugar
• A pinch of salt
• 50g butter or margarine
• 1 egg
• 100ml lukewarm milk
• 50ml lukewarm water
For the buns:
• 50g butter
• 50g caster sugar
• 150g dried mixed fruit
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 2 tablespoons
How to make them:
1. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Lightly rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
2. Beat the egg and add to the dry ingredients with the milk while mixing. Add water as necessary to form a smooth dough
3. Knead the dough well for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic (There are lots of easy tutorials online if you’re not sure on how to do this.) Cover the bowl with greased plastic and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes
4. Knock down the dough and roll out into a 30x25cm rectangle. Spread the butter onto the dough and sprinkle over the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried fruit
5. Roll the dough up loosely like a swiss roll. Cut into 9 equal slices and arrange slices onto a greased 23cm square tin. Cover with greased aluminium foil and leave to rise for 30 minutes
6. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5
7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until risen and golden
Brush your delicious buns with syrup while still hot. When cool, take a bunbreak from your sleuthing activities and enjoy with a pot of tea.
The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.
Nancy Drew meets the Chalet School in this clever crime novel set in the 1930s. Robin Stevens' period detail, strong characters and meticulous plotting come together in a satisfying story (Scotsman)
Festive, fun and full of mystery (Country Life)
It's Christmas, the snow is falling in Cambridge where the detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the festive period.
But Hazel's hopes of relaxing amongst the beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms are dashed by the danger lurking in the dark stairwells of Maudlin College.
Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident.
At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place.
Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course).
A superb puzzle . . . Splendidly seasonal (Metro)
Fabulous (The Times)