Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Another endangered species

Quick blog this week so I can get an extra one in for June

A dismal week on the footballing front. I'm betting on a Brazil Argentina final myself but there's everything to play for at Wimbledon with both Venus and Roger out. Just think, if Murray gets through to the final, he might even crack a smile...

Away from the sport, it's been a good couple of weeks for weather and for flowers. Yes, flowers are a tenuous link as I thought Chelsea Flower Show was next week (it actually took place in May) and the flower show was going to be the link to this week's blog !

Anyway, this week I'm featuring something that's slightly unusual and possibly not everyone's number one concern but it's has bothering me for some time...

This week's Food of the Week is Chelsea Buns (and I don't mean footballers' bottoms)

I have been on a hunt for Chelsea buns for sometime now. Looking in both new and traditional bakeries to find the elusive bun has come to no avail. Unfortunately, artisan bakers can't seem to crack the CB, with a stodgy, heavy dough and too many currants being the order of the day. They all look nice but fail on the delivery.

According to Wikipedia, 'the Chelsea bun is a type of currant bun that was first created in the eighteenth century at the Bun House in Chelsea, an establishment favoured by Hanoverian royalty and demolished in 1839. The bun is made of a rich yeast dough flavoured with lemon peel, cinnamon or a sweet spice mixture. Prior to being rolled into a square spiral shape the dough is spread with a mixture of currants, brown sugar and butter.'

Traditional bakers don't appear to make them anymore, focusing instead on Danish pastries (that aren't really Danish) or hot cross buns (which I had always thought had the same lifespan as a Creme Egg and shouldn't be seen after Easter) amongst other pink iced treats.

I found one in Harrods that was prepacked from the 'Munch' takeaway sandwich chain which looked really quite revolting. It appears that even Harrods can't be bothered to make things properly anymore.

Chelsea buns in my mind should be soft and light, covered in crunchy sugar and containing a good (but not too much) quantity of dried fruit. You should be able to unravel them like a good Cuban cigar into a flat rectangle of sweet indulgence. You shouldn't eat a Chelsea bun and then spend the rest of the day feeling like a cannon ball has lodged in your stomach.

The only place that I have had a decent Chelsea bun in the last few years is Ludlow, but that's a bit of a trek for a bun so if anyone knows where to find a good example please let me know.

How much should you spend?

Under a pound.

Where can I find a good Chelsea Bun?Answers on a postcard please.

Restaurant of the Week

No restaurant of the week this week. It's still World Cup and Wimbledon so everyone's staying in and I'm on an economy drive!

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