Hey honey bun!
Oh hello Spring – it’s still chilly enough that you can stuff yourself with filling, aromatic, good for any meal oatmeal honey buns infused with Verdant Tea’s Earl of Anxi. Yep, no joke. This is the good stuff folks.
I used local honey and a big bag of old-fashioned oats from the supermarket. A little from column A, a little from column B. Use what you have at your disposal – and believe me when I say that you will end up with a hearty bun to please most any palate.
Earl of Anxi Oatmeal Honey Buns
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
2 3/4 cup unbleached flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cups Earl of Anxi from Verdant Tea
2 tbsp safflower oil (or oil of choice)
1/4 cup honey
1 egg for brushing (optional)
Oats for topping (optional)
Mix white sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add flour and oats and mix well.
Set the dry ingredients aside and brew your tea: 1 1/4 cups boiling water with 3 tsp Earl of Anxi tea for 5 minutes. You’re making a nice strong aromatic brew to add creaminess, depth and flavour to the finished bread. When tea is finished brewing, strain the tea leaves and melt in honey. Stir in oil and add the liquid to the dry ingredients. Knead until you have a smooth dough ball.
Place dough ball in an oiled bowl and cover with saran wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Form dough into buns and let rise once more for 30 minutes.
When dough has finished rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush tops of buns with beaten egg, sprinkle a few oats on top and bake for 13-15 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
Enjoy with a pat of butter, a drizzle of honey or a teaspoon of marmalade!
A HUGE thank you to Verdant Tea for having me as a guest chef and allowing me to play with some seriously amazing tea. I’m so lucky to have worked with them on this three part series. Happy Spring everyone!