Tosca Sticky Buns

Tosca Sticky BunsAh, tosca, that glorious almond praline that beautifully tops almost every baked sweet you can think of! Tosca Cake, in all its simplicity, is one of the most delicious things I know, and I really don’t make it often enough. This time, however, it’s tosca sticky buns and yeasty wheaty goodness!

Tosca Sticky Buns

16 buns

250 ml milk
25 g fresh yeast
75 ml sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cardamom
500-700 ml all-purpose flour
100 g soft butter

40 g soft butter
75 ml sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

Tosca topping:
100 g butter
75 ml sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
50 ml milk
100 g flaked almonds

To do list:
Crumble yeast into a bowl; add sugar, salt and cardamom.
Heat milk gently to 37 C and pour into the bowl, whisking until the yeast has dissolved.
Add flour, a little at a time, and knead until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl and no longer sticks to your hand. Knead in butter. Cover the bowl and let rise until the dough has doubled.
Preheat oven to 225 C. Line two 12-hole muffin tins with 16 liners.
Roll dough out to a rectangular (30 x 50 cm or so). Spread with butter and sprinkle on the sugars. Roll the dough up, starting from the longer side of the rectangular. Tosca Sticky Buns
Cut the roll in 16 pieces. Place the pieces into the muffin tins, cover, and let rise for about 15 minutes.
Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 4-5 minutes – while they are baking, prepare the topping:
Combine all topping ingredients in a saucepan. Bring gently to boil, stirring every now and then; remove from heat as soon as the first few boiling bubbles appear!
Take out the half-baked buns, quickly spread the topping on top, and return to the oven. Continue to bake 6-8 minutes, or until the topping is beginning to turn golden.

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Movie Musings of the Gripey Sort

Long time, no gripe! Enjoying a glass of Villa Maria sauvignon blanc and feeling a gripe coming on.

Saw Skyfall. Thought it illustrated three problems plaguing films these days perfectly. Script writers, take note.

1) What’s with the plots of Twist with a Twist, With a Twist on the Second Twist Added, with a Bit of a Twist at the End? It is tiresome to have endless “But wait! That’s not it at all!” moments.

2) You can apparently explain away every single oddity and impossibility and thing that makes no sense in the story by saying You See He Hacked a Computer. Oh you see the computer predicted – a year ago! – what a person would do in these circumstances today by using a Really Nifty Algorithm! Oh you see the computer was used to blow stuff up in a place where no one can go! Oh you see he hacked a computer and reprogrammed the laws of physics!

3) Thou Shalt Not Make a Film That Runs for Longer than 120 Minutes. Never, ever, ever. By 120 minutes the viewer’s butt is numb and s/he needs the loo. If you cannot tell your story in less than two hours, write another one.

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