Monday, October 31, 2011

Cinnathumb Buns

Oh my! These were delicious and all 20 were gone in about an hour!

1 C milk
1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/4 yeast (or one envelope)
4 C bread flour
5 Tbsp butter (room temperature)

Filling & Glazing
3 Tbsp butter (room temperature)
3 Tbsp sugar
1 egg lightly beaten

3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Heat the milk in a large saucepan, just until warm. Whisk the egg seperately with a little bit of the warm milk, then pour into the saucepan and whisk. Add the sugar, salt, cinnamon to the saucepan and mix well

In a separate bowl mix the flour and yeast together. Add a little of this flour mixture to the saucepan and whisk well to introduce lots of air into the dough. Continue to add the flour mixture. Once it gets to thick to use the whisk, use a wooden spoon. Finally add the butter and knead it into the dough with your hands until thoroughly incorporated. (The dough will be slippery)

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is elastic and is no longer sticky. Add more flour if necessary. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let prove for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

After 1 hour, punch down the dough  and knead on a floured surface for a few minutes. Divide into four, then divide each piece into five again so you have a total of 20 pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Cover again and let prove for another 30 minutes.

Make the filling by mixing the butter and sugar together.

Pre-heat oven to 400F

After the 30 minutes, press your finger into the top of each bun to make a hole (I used my thumb!) and fill it with the filling. Brush the beaten egg on top of the buns. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

While still hot sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon generously over the buns. Eat warm!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Anne Askew - Daughter of the Reformation

I stumbled upon this person while doing research on the word "heretic".  In the back of my mind I think I remember reading about her a long time ago, but I am so glad that I was able to research a little about her. Anne Askew stood up for what she believed and she paid a heavy price for her faith.

Anne Askew is believed to have been born in the year 1520. She had an older sister named Martha that was betrothed to Thomas Kyme, but when her sister died before she was able to marry Thomas, Anne was forced to marry Thomas in her sister's stead. This devastated Anne and she never adopted Thomas surname. She asked for a divorce from him based on I Corinthians 7:15, but the divorce was never granted.

It is believed that she had more than one child, but we only have the name of one child named, William Askew.

In 1545 she was arrested in London for heresy, but was acquitted and sent to her husband. The last time she was arrested it was again for heresy. She was asked to name any others that practiced the "new" faith and was even asked if Henry's latest wife, Catherine Parr was also partaking of the new "reformation". Her interrogators and tormentors wanted proof to arrest the latest queen of Henry VIII. Queen Catherine was a Protestant sympathizer and if it wasn't for Henry's death, she probably would have been "dispose of" some way or another by Henry.  It is erroneously believed that Henry converted to Protestantism or was a Reformer, but he wasn't. What he did was put himself as Supreme Head of the Church instead of the Pope. In 1539 Henry authorized the Act of the Six Articles which are Catholic doctrines in everything but name. Anyone disobeying these laws would be treated as a heretic.

Summary of the Six Articles:
1. The Holy Sacraments (Lord's Supper) is the literal, actual blood and body of Jesus. Also called transubstantiation.
2. The Holy Sacraments could be withheld from those who are not clergy.
3. Priest of any order were to remain celibate
4. Observance of vows of chastity
5. Permission for private masses
6. Importance of confessing sins to a priest.

It is because of the first article that got Anne into the most trouble. She boldly preached that if the Holy Sacrament bread were put in a box that it would eventually mold. That Jesus used many times objects to REPRESENT Him. She said that Jesus called Himself "the door", "the light", "the rock", but none of these were taken as literal meanings.