This book is dreary, dark and cold. The story is as chilling as the scenery. The setting ? A cold small Scottish Island with water approaching, remote and isolated with only three broken people living on it. Death shadows the residents, secrets blacken their souls and chills this reader to the bone.
I just read a part where a young visitor comes to the island and is served some nice biscuits. Since it is a UK read I’m pretty sure they mean cookies, but since I’m American I think buttermilk biscuits smothered in honey. Sigh, no buttermilk in the house. So I tried a new recipe I saved online vegan coconut rolls. They were fantastic, gone in seconds as my family devoted them. They came out like a sweet Hawaiian bread with a nice coconut flavor.
I altered the recipe from the original to make it fit for our ingredients I would double it so you have some extras for the next day
3 cups of flour all purpose unbleached
1 can Coconut Milk- shake well
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of cool water
2 1/2 tsp of instant powdered yeast
1/4 cup of canola oil
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds if you have black seeds these would look better
Put flour into a large bowl, making a well in the middle to put wet ingredients
Cook 3/4 of the coconut milk with the 1/4 cup sugar in small pot till sugar is dissolved set aside to cool. While still hot but not too hot ( burn your wrist) add the yeast and let it start coming to life
After about 5 minutes pour this liquid mix into the flour well, cover with nice thick towel and set aside for about 30 minutes. DON’T MIX YET
Mix in oil and start to knead bread, you can use a mixer with a dough hook. Add more flour if needed Tablespoon at a time. Till no longer sticky and has a nice smooth surface. Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.
Make about 9 little balls out of dough and place in a well greased cake pan with room between them to expand. Cover and let rise anther 30 minutes
Mix the remaining coconut milk and sugar and pour over now fat buns. Carefully sprinkle seeds on top if you wish.
Bake at 375 degrees till nice and golden brown and most of the milk has been absorbed into the buns. Mine baked for 35 minutes with two pans in the oven.
Serve warm or room temperature.
My first attempt worked fabulous !