Pop the corks of gorgeous scent in your homes with I Love Cosmetics…

Candles can bring the feeling of warmth and the scent of care to your home… iloveofficial have just expanded on their collection of gorgeous scents into candles and reed diffusers!! Presented in a drawstring bag, these make for perfect gifts to yourself & others! They are super gifts for those living the Vegan lifestyle too – being vegan, cruelty free and no nasties  in the UK made products.

Elderflower fizz is a light and clean fragrance great for every single room! I love describe the fragrance as… As the rain gives way to bright sunshine, and the air is filled with the creamy vapour of lacy elderflowers, it is time to embrace the rejuvenating spirit of summer with this delightful presse, blending luscious fruits and watery cucumber, with delicate floral interludes. This vibrant fruity accord has opening notes of apple & cucumber, leading to a heart of lemony elderflowers and jasmine to create a beautiful floral freshness.

(It truly is delightful – and we have not only the home scents but some of the cosmetic beauty range too… unfortunately not all of them… YET!)

Add to your collection of Elderflower Fizz & other fabulous scents, from £5, online at ilovecosmetics.co.uk

*Keep your eyes peeled this November and December for other fab Christmas gifting ideas!

Give Hot X Buns an Eastern zing with Yutaka Yuzu… with this Japan-easy recipe

Now Easter may be over, but don’t fret! I have this wonderful recipe from Yutaka that brings you a super tasty and zesty tang! 

Now Easter may be over, but don’t fret! I have this wonderful recipe from Yutaka that brings you a super tasty and zesty tang!

Taking to the kitchen one Sunday afternoon, I rolled up my sleeves and dug into this beautiful basket of goodies from Mad as a March Hare, and delved into the wonderful world of Hot Cross Bun making. *I realise that the recipe can take a good afternoon, but the results are so worth it!

Yutaka – Good Food Made Japan-easy | Yutaka means ‘good harvest’ in Japanese and that’s exactly the aim of the company: to create authentic Japanese food products made in the traditional way. Their ethos ensures their products are of the highest quality and feature minimal additives compared with other brands on the market. They are the makers of the ‘Yuzu seasoning’ used in this recipe, and if you’ve never heard of Yuzu, it is a citrus additive, very similar, but sweeter in flavour to a lemon; and here it creates the super zesty kick to these mouth-watering Hot Cross Buns. – Find out more about Yutaka and their other products here

Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns | Makes 15-20

Ingredients | For the buns:

  • 575g strong bread flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 75g sultanas
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 7g quick working yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 250ml milk
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1½ tbsp. Yutaka Yuzu
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 50g butter
  • 2 eggs beaten

For the cross:

  • 75g plain flour

For the glaze:

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp water

Method | 

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, honey, yuzu, water, lemon zest and butter stirring constantly until butter has melted. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes then pour into a well in the centre of the flour mix.
  3. Combine using a wooden spoon then use your hands until the ingredients are all combined. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
  4. Place your dough in a greased bowl, (see our dough below) cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise until doubled in size. Then add your sultanas and mixed peel whilst still in the bowl, knead to combine all the ingredients and leave once again to rise for about an hour. Make sure the cling film is also greased to avoid a crust forming on your dough.
  5. Once the dough has risen again, divide into 15-20 pieces and roll into smooth balls. Line them up on parchment-lined baking trays allowing enough space for them to once again expand. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave for a further hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 220c or gas mark seven. Mix the flour for the cross with some water to make a basic dough. Place in piping bag and pipe one line across each bun then repeat to form the cross.
  7. You can brush buns beaten egg to give a glaze.
  8. Bake for around 20 mins or until buns are golden brown on top. Remove pan from the oven and let buns cool on a rack for 15 minutes.
  9. Mix the caster sugar with boiling water and, once buns have cooled a little, brush with glaze.

Buy Yutaka Yusu Seasoning, 100ml (perfect for seasoning grilled fish, chicken & salads), £5.59, The Japan Centre or look in Supermarkets nationwide including Tesco.com, Waitrose.com & Ocado.com

To find more Japanese inspired recipes from starters to dessert, head online to Yutaka London