A woman from Rye apparently said that these were the best buns she had ever eaten. Which is nice. They know their buns in Rye.
I was asked to bake for the Great Dixter Autumn Fair cake stall, where various extremely good bakers donate cakes in aid of these wonderful gardens. I thought I would put together all I knew about buns into one deluxe bake: the dough was a sourdough with the addtion of grated apple marinated in cider; ricotta cheese; butter; a little sugar; and an egg. The fruit in the middle was more grated apple and small pieces of dried apple, sultanas, currants and crystalised ginger, all marinated in sweetened cider with the addition of freshly ground cinnamon and cloves. For the rolling of the buns, a thread of marzipan was added to the centre, to give a nice little surprise and additional sweetness.
So that went well. But, as my wife pointed out, the unit cost of each bun was over £5, if you include my time for preparation and the baking. Maybe I will try something less ambitious, next time?