SCREEN PRINTING – DRINK, SHOP & DO!

Tea Towel Screen Printing Drink Shop Do London

In my quest to learn new things and do more outside of my little Rock Bakehouse business bubble I signed myself up to a screen printing class at Drink, Shop & Do in King’s Cross.  I saw the class on Rachel Koo’s Instagram (Little Paris Kitchen author) and thought it looked fun.

Drink Shop Do London Display

The event was hosted by Zeena Shah a super friendly textile designer.  The class started at 7pm and was hosted in private section of the venue (serving cocktails in the evening!).  I was welcomed by the very smiley Zeena who asked me if I was on my own or with friends.  I was on my own and was ushered to the ‘singles’ table which was a little awkward as I couldn’t just pick where I wanted to sit but also as the class went on it made sense as it was a bit of ‘get on with it by yourself’ sort of class and most people who were with friends were just chatting amongst themselves.

Getting Started Screen Printing Drink Shop Do

Once a few people had arrived Zeena started gathering small groups and showing them what to do.  We all got a piece of paper, pencil, scissors and some instructions and the rest was up to us.  There were a few examples hanging up and Zeena said that simple was best but now that I was in a class I wanted to push myself a little.  It might have been good to perhaps have some more examples of print ideas or patterns to help as I did have a bit of a ‘rabbit in the headlights, I can’t think of anything’ moment!  My creative juices weren’t flowing too well so I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest looking for ideas and themes and finally decided upon an Easter theme seeing as it was coming up.  Once I stopped over thinking it all it came quite quickly and I was happy with my final design.

Sketching Screen Printing Drink Shop Do Cut Out Screen Printing Drink Shop Do

 

 

I was one of the first to finish and the screen printing process was quite simple as we were using one colour and Zeena was on hand to help.  All in all I was pretty pleased with how my tea towel came out and I look forward to using it over the Easter break.  I left pretty soon after I had done my tea towel as there was little else to do, it was a much more independent session which worked with the vibe and for the price worked well.

Screen Printing Drink Shop Do London

 

Tea Towel Screen Printing Drink Shop Do London

There are loads of different events at Drink, Shop & Do so definitely worth checking them out.  I’d recommend doing this session with a friend as it’s pretty independent so worth having someone to talk to whilst you work through and have a drink!

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APPLE & CINNAMON HOT CROSS BUNS

Apple Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns

With spring around the corner it’s the start of hot cross bun season!  Hot cross buns are a bit like creme eggs, you don’t realise how much you miss them all year until the Spring comes around and they’re in every supermarket and bakery up and down the country.

Last Sunday I decided to have a go at baking some.  I read through the recipe and as usual tweaked it slightly to make them just apple, raisin and cinnamon.  What I didn’t read in the recipe were all the steps needed to prove the dough so my grand idea of having them for tea completely failed and I ended up having them for breakfast the next day!  If you read my soda bread post you’ll realise this is a common problem when I make bread!

Apple Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns

 

Apple Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns

To be honest they’re not that difficult to make, they just take a long time, but at times I did wonder why I had bothered and really hoped that they were the effort.  When they were finally done they were delicious.  Completely different to shop bought buns and much more bread / dough like and unlike shop bought ones that I always toast and eat with jam or butter these were better enjoyed as they came plain and simple.  They were jam packed with raisins and apple with a hint of cinnamon and the apricot jam glaze finished them off nicely.

Apple Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns

The recipe makes 12 large buns so I popped some in the freezer to eat next time.

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Ingredients

For the buns

  • 300ml whole milk
  • 500g strong white flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 50g butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 200g sultanas
  • 2 green apples (granny smith work well) pealed, cored and diced into half inch pieces
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • sunflower oil, for greasing the bowl

For the cross

  • 75g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

For the glaze

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

Method

  1. In a pan heat up the milk slightly so that it is warm but not too hot and so you can easily dip your finger in without burning
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter and egg together in a bowl, then slowly add the warmed milk until it forms a soft, sticky dough
  3. Knead the dough for approximately 5 minutes.  To knead the dough, hold the dough with one hand and stretch it with the palm of the other and fold it back on itself.  You’ll know when it’s ready when it’s smooth and elastic and when you prod it, it bounces back
  4. Place in a well oiled bowl covered with cling film and leave to prove for about an hour or until it doubles in size
  5. Once the dough is ready, add the sultanas, chopped apple, and cinnamon, then tip out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough again and put it back in the oiled bowl and leave to rise for another hour or until it doubles in size
  6. Divide the dough into 12 even pieces, and roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured surface. Arrange the buns on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or reusable baking paper, leaving enough space so that the buns just touch when they rise and expand. Set aside to prove for another hour.
  7. Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7
  8. For the cross, mix the flour with about five tablespoons of water in small bowl, adding the water one tablespoon at a time, so that you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven, or until golden-brown.
  10. To make the glaze, in a small pan gently heat the apricot jam so that it melts and then sieve to get rid of any chunks. While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool.
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