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These are sweet, yeasted, buns that are typically split, filled with cream and served as part of a cream tea. Below is my version of this Cornish classic.
Of all the yeasted tea buns the Cornish Split is one of the easiest to make and despite being a sweet bun it works just as well for breakfast, filled with bacon and scrambled eggs as it does as the classic tea time bun.
Cornish Splits (Splytys Kernowek) RecipeServes: 9
75g (3 oz unbleached plain flour
1 tsp active dried yeast
300ml (1 1/4 cups) lukewarm milk
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
Mix together the milk, sugar and yeast in a small bowl. Whisk to combine then set aside for the yeast to activate (about 10 minutes).
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl then add the butter and stir-in. Add the yeast mixture and stir-in. Bring the mixture together as a dough then tip onto a floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Roll into a ball, place in an oiled bowl, cover and set aside in a warm place for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in volume.
Knock the dough back and knead for a few minutes then cut into 9 equal pieces and shape these into balls. Place the balls, evenly spaced, in a well-buttered 22cm square baking tin. Cover the buns and place in a warm spot, allowing them to rise for about 20 minutes.
Remove the cover and place the tin in an oven pre-heated to 210ºC (410ºF, Gas Mark 7). Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the buns are browned and puffed. Tip from the tin, allow to cool on a wire rack then split open and serve warm.
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