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They’re sold out at Waitrose, but SARAH RAINEY reveals how to bake the popular ‘bunettone’ – a hot…

From cheddar and black pepper to red velvet, the humble hot cross bun comes in many guises these days. And this year’s must-try reinvention has been flying off the shelves at Waitrose. Introducing the hot cross bunettone — a cross between the Easter classic and a festive panettone. It’s ten times the size of a regular bun, serves eight people and will set you back £8. Yet when I tried to source one in store, I was told — on many occasions — it had sold out. So I decided to bake one instead. Waitrose won’t provide its top-secret bunettone recipe, but I enlist the help of Will Torrent, the supermarket’s senior development chef, who recommends adapting a classic panettone. ‘Just add a few more hot cross bun-type flavours to the mix: plenty of cinnamon, mixed spice and cloves,’ he says. This year’s must-try reinvention has been flying off the shelves at Waitrose I mix four tablespoons of warm milk with a teaspoon of caster sugar and a 7g sachet of dried yeast You’ll need to set aside plenty of time. Waitrose’s bunettone is lovingly made over 24 hours in a family-run bakery in Piedmont, Italy — and they’re professionals, so we amateurs need at least half that again to get it right. Top baker Juliet Sear (@julietsear) suggests making an ordinary cake tin ‘extra tall’ by lining it 5cm above the rim with foil and parchment for strength. I give this a go, greasing and lining my deepest cake tin with butter, and start making the dough. I mix four tablespoons of warm milk with a teaspoon of caster sugar and a 7g sachet of dried yeast. I set this aside to bubble and, in a separate bowl, beat 150g sugar with 250g butter (a whole block — the less said about this, the better) and a dash of vanilla extract. Once creamy, I crack in five eggs and add the zest of one orange and one lemon. In a third bowl I sieve 550g white bread flour with a pinch of salt and plenty of spices, before making a well in the middle and pouring in the yeast mixture, followed by the egg mixture. At this point the dough is so sticky I’m sure I’ve done something wrong, but I decide to plough on, rolling up my sleeves and attempting to knead it for ten minutes. There’s gloopy dough everywhere — on my hands and apron, even in my hair — and it takes brute force to peel it off the worktop and wrangle it into an oiled bowl for the first stage of rising. Sarah mixes the ingredients in a bowl to make the viral dish that has sold out at Waitrose At this point the dough is so sticky I’m sure I’ve done something wrong, but I decide to plough on, rolling up my sleeves and attempting to knead it for ten minutes I come back to it the following evening, give the cold dough another quick knead and mix in 160g raisins and 100g chopped candied citrus peel This is important, says Will, ‘otherwise you’ll get a tight dough that’s dense and sticky in the middle — it needs time to form those lovely bubbles’. My recipe suggests leaving it in the fridge for 24 hours, which gives the yeast enzymes plenty of time to work and unlock the complex flavours in the wheat. I come back to it the following evening, give the cold dough another quick knead and mix in 160g raisins (soaked in rum to make them plump) and 100g chopped candied citrus peel. Next it goes into the greased tin, covered loosely with cling film, and is left to rise yet again — this time for up to 12 hours, until it doubles in size. Finally — and this really has been the longest bake I’ve ever undertaken — it’s time to cook the bunettone. I score a cross on top using a serrated knife, brush on some beaten egg white and sugar, and bake it at 180c/160c fan/gas 4. There’s none of the satisfying stodginess, and it’s so light it almost melts in my mouth It’s so big — a whopping 20cm across — there’s no way a slice will fit in my toaster Fifty minutes later, it’s done. A golden-domed triumph with a shiny, hollow-sounding crust and fluffy, buttery, fruit-filled sponge inside. It’s so big — a whopping 20cm across — there’s no way a slice will fit in my toaster, so I plump for putting a chunk under the grill and eating it slightly charred and smeared with butter. My verdict? It’s certainly not a hot cross bun. There’s none of the satisfying stodginess, and it’s so light it almost melts in my mouth. But those delicious seasonal flavours are there in spades, as well as copious amounts of juicy raisins and sugary fruit. As far as I’m concerned, a bigger bun is a better bun. Just don’t ask me to share it.

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Score $1K Match or $200 Sign-up Bonus with Fanatics Sportsbook Wednesday

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Inferior materials cause of bad roads -NBRRI

The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute has lamented the importation of sub-standard construction materials by contractors in the country, stressing that they remain a major scourge to quality and durable roads. The agency further stated that contractors flood the country with substandard materials since they are not subjected to testing. The Director General of NBRRI, Prof. Samson Duna, made the assertion when he hosted the leadership of the Nigerian Highway Institution and Transportation Engineers on Wednesday in Abuja. Duna said the agency saddled with the responsibility of conducting technical research on suitable building and road construction design has observed this trend and called upon road contractors to desist from such act. He said, “A very important reason why our roads are failing is that we are using inferior materials that were not tested. NBRRI has one of the best laboratories in the country. For now, there is no institution, and there is no research agency that has laboratory in civil engineering equipment like that of NBRRI but these inferior materials get imported. “NBRRI has one of the best laboratories in the country. For now, there is no institution, there is no research agency that can best talk about laboratories in civil engineering equipment like that of NBRRI. “NBRRI has imported quite a lot of equipment within the past three years so that is why we are extending a hand of fellowship with NHITE to partner and utilise this material to construct our roads and if standard materials are used, our road will last, our road will be durable and it will have low maintenance as far as where the road is constructed. The DG revealed that the institute has conducted a lot of research and studies on several roads like the Enugu Portharcourt Road, Bauchi-Gombe Road, and Bauchi Kano Road. “We did a lot of road research and part of what we had discovered is that low-quality material was used during the construction. The process of construction was not adhered followed. The quality of raw material used, even the lattice used for the road construction was not there. The level of compaction was not adhered to. The drainages have failed. “And the other thing, how to conclude the issue of maintenance. Every structure needs to be maintained when there is a small portfolio on the road. If we don’t maintain it by tomorrow, it becomes two or three times and that’s part of the bedrock and so on,” he added. Speaking further, Duna revealed that the institute will be hosting a capacity training programme to initiate discussion on the use of rigid or pavement. He added, “We intend to carry out a comprehensive training together and this training is holistic. This training will be practically oriented. We use our equipment in the lab to produce materials, and we intend to test the material in the field. So you can see it’s a training that does not end on paper. It will end with a practical demonstration. ” On his part, the National Chairman of NHITE, Hassan Saidu, stressed the need for collaboration in strengthening the quality of road construction in the country. He stated, “We are here to further strengthen our collaboration with NBRRI in terms of handling local and international training, technical visits to project sites, career talks to schools between our team and NBRRI team.” Saidu explained that they have also planned to implement some of the research works they had together with the institute.

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UAE President congratulates Vladimir Putin on re-election as President of Russia

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan spoke by telephone today to His Excellency Vladimir Putin, congratulating him on his re-election as President of the Russian Federation in the recent elections. His Highness expressed his best wishes for President Putin’s success in leading his country and achieving the aspirations of its people for further progress and prosperity. He looked forward to continuing to work together to enhance the bilateral relations and strategic partnership between the UAE and Russia, serving their mutual interests and the welfare of their peoples. The Russian President expressed his appreciation to His Highness for his congratulations and the sincere sentiments expressed towards Russia and its people.Both sides affirmed during the call their mutual commitment to enhancing relations between their countries and advancing their strategic partnership and collaboration to achieve their common interests. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Micron forecasts third-quarter revenue above estimates on AI demand

Chipmaker Micron Technology forecast third-quarter revenue above estimates on Wednesday, benefiting from the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence technology by businesses and an easing supply glut in the wider memory chip market. The Boise, Idaho-based company’s shares gained 13.4 per cent in extended trading, after rising more than 60 per cent in the last 12 months. Micron reports results ahead of other chipmakers and is closely watched as the expected sales for its memory hardware act as an indicator of demand for various types of chips and end-markets. Tech companies and other businesses have been vying to incorporate generative artificial intelligence into their products and services, driving demand for Micron’s high bandwidth memory (HBM) chips that are used in the development of complex AI applications. AI chip front-runner Nvidia will use Micron’s latest HBM 3E chips in its next-generation H200 graphic processing units (GPUs). This gives Micron stronger footing against South Korean competitor SK Hynix, which was the sole supplier of HBM chips to Nvidia. Analysts expect the company’s share of the high-margin HBM market to grow throughout the year. CEO Sanjay Mehrotra had said in December last year that inventory levels at data centers were improving and are expected to reach normal levels in the first half of the year. The company forecast revenue of $6.60 billion, plus or minus $200 million, for the current quarter, largely above estimates of $6.03 billion, according to LSEG data. Micron reported second-quarter revenue of $5.82 billion, compared with estimates of $5.35 billion.

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Netanyahu tells Republicans Gaza war will continue, days after Senate leader speech

Democratic leaders have been grappling with divisions in their party over the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza five months into a war that began with attacks on Israel by Hamas militants on Oct 7. A spokesperson for Schumer said that Netanyahu had offered to speak to the Democrats as well, but Schumer declined, saying that the conversations should not be partisan. “I care deeply about Israel and its long-term future. When you make the issue partisan, you hurt the cause of helping Israel,” Schumer told reporters. Progressives have called on Democratic President Joe Biden to put more pressure on Israel to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where aid groups warn of famine and US officials say more than 30,000 civilians have been killed. Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Netanyahu had addressed civilian casualties and the need to get more aid into Gaza. He said Netanyahu was “very supportive” of plans to build a temporary pier and bring in aid by sea. “He’s very sensitive to the fact that every civilian casualty is a very unfortunate event,” Risch said. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Netanyahu had made a presentation and then taken questions from senators. “I made it clear to him, that it’s not the business of the United States to be giving a democratic ally advice about when to have an election or what kind of military campaign they may be conducting,” McConnell told reporters.

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to visit Michigan this week: Where to see it

Hot dog lovers, get ready. The Wienermobile is coming to town. Oscar Mayer is bringing its Wienermobile to metro Detroit for several stops this weekend. The hot dog-shaped vehicle tours throughout the United States to promote the company’s products. The Wienermobile was the advertising idea of Carl Mayer, nephew of the founder of Oscar Mayer, according to the company. It was designed in 1936. The Wienermobile program was discontinued in 1976 and the vehicles were retired from service in 1977. In 1986, it was brought out for a 50th birthday celebration and huge crowds showed up for appearances. The company decided to build a new fleet and touring began again in 1988. The iconic vehicle has a Detroit connection, too. Automotive designer Harry Bradley created a concept Wienermobile in 1995. The 27-foot-long, 11-foot-high General Motors unit had a new look and state-of-the-art video equipment. Here’s a look at the Wienermobile’s upcoming events in the area. Wienermobile’s stops in Michigan Friday from 1-6 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter in Shelby Township.Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter in Clinton Township. Free Press web editor Tanya Wildt contributed to this report.

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Kenmare Resources reports earnings of €202.4m for 2023 as profits slide 36pc

Earnings fell 26pc from the prior year as a result of weaker product pricing in 2023, following a record performance in 2022, the company said. The company operates one of the world’s largest ilmenite mines, Moma, in Mozambique. Mineral product revenues declined by 12pc to $437.1m last year. This fall was attributed to 10pc lower average price for products due to a weaker market following surges in prices in 2022. Kenmare also pointed to a 3pc reduction in shipments across the year. The board declared a final dividend that was up 3pc from last year Cash operating costs rose 4pc to $228.1m following an increase in equipment rental, higher fuel costs and the impact of a severe lightning strike in the first quarter of last year. Heavy mineral concentrate production was down 9pc at the mine due to lower ore grades and mining rates as a result of power interruptions and the lightning strike early last year. Ilmenite production decreased by 9pc in the same period. Shipments of finished products last year fell 3pc compared to 2022 due to weaker demand and poor weather conditions in the final three months of the year. After processing, ilmenite has a number of applications, ranging from paint and paper production, to the manufacture of titanium. The group produces titanium oxide as well as titanium metal, which is a smaller sector for the group but is growing rapidly. “Most production capacity increase in both of these industries is in China so, last year, we find that demand was strongest coming from China,” managing director Michael Carvill said. The company said that its 2023 performance was its second strongest to date despite “operational challenges and a weaker product market.” Titanium oxide pigment consumption correlates closely to global GDP growth. “As interest rates fall, people become active economically and demand starts to call again and that will flow directly back to the primary producers,” Mr Carvill said. The board declared a final dividend of 56.04 US cents per share, up 3pc from last year. Kenmare expects to achieve its annual production guidance but anticipates that production this year will be heavily weighted towards the latter half of the year. “The markets for our products have been stronger than anticipated in 2024 to date, driven by improving demand for titanium pigment,” Mr Carvill added. Last week, Mr Carvill announced his plans to step down from his role later this year.

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‘It’s Not Murder’: Woman’s Killer Claims Self-Defence

A man falsely claimed his partner had died after a ute accident but later told police he was acting in self-defence by tackling her into the wall of a remote bush hut, a court has heard. Rohen James Hanson has admitted killing his then-partner Dee Annear during a camping trip in September 2021 but has pleaded not guilty to murder, saying it was never his intention to kill her. On trial in the NSW Supreme Court at Coffs Harbour, the 41-year-old has been accused of trying to cover up the killing by claiming his partner had been injured in a ute accident on the way back to the hut in the Bulga State Forest. Reconciling after a violent argument in which Ms. Annear received black eyes, the pair drove from their home in Wingham, near Taree, to the Pole Dump Hut on the NSW mid-north coast, where they planned to spend four nights, jurors were told. The stay turned violent with Ms. Annear being killed either on the evening of Sept. 17 or the following morning, crown prosecutor Carl Young said on March 20. Mr. Hanson first claimed during a triple-zero call on Sept. 18 and then to RFS volunteers, paramedics and police on the scene that his partner had died in the hut because of injuries from the ute accident. He later changed his story and told police the pair had a heated argument around midnight, that he had driven away for a while to “scare her”, and then driven his grey Holden Rodeo ute off the road and into a ditch on the way back. In a police interview after his arrest on Sept. 21, Mr. Hanson claimed Ms. Annear had swung a beer bottle at his head after he called her an obscene name, Mr. Young said. She charged and he reacted, Mr. Hanson is alleged to have said. “I didn’t mean it. I tackled her and she hit her head,” he allegedly told police. “I didn’t intend to hurt her. It’s not murder, it was not premeditated.” Mr. Young said Mr. Hanson admitted wiping up blood in the hut and trying to hide a bloodied mattress by throwing it into the bush. He told jurors that Ms. Annear had “particularly serious injuries” to her head and skull, which ultimately caused her death. Her skull, nose and jaw were fractured and she had extensive bruising. These injuries were not consistent with a car accident but rather came from blunt force trauma which occurred hours before her death, a forensic pathologist is expected to tell the court. The presence, location and volume of blood found by crime scene investigators within the hut indicated “a significant bloodshed event,” Mr. Young said. Standing in the dock wearing a suit and tie, Mr. Hanson pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. His plea to the lesser charge was not accepted by prosecutors. Mr. Young said Mr. Hanson and Ms. Annear had each been alleged to have committed domestic violence on the other. “This was quite a volatile relationship in which arguments and fights happened with some frequency,” he said. Mr. Hanson had pushed his partner into a coffee table, stomped on her head and given her black eyes in separate incidents that occurred since they started going out in 2017, jurors heard. Ms. Annear was violent towards her own mother who she blamed for calling the police after another assault by Mr. Hanson, Mr. Young said. There would also be evidence that the couple abused alcohol and drugs, jurors were told. The trial, which is expected to last three to four weeks, continues on March 19.

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Relatives of Canadian victims of Hamas terror call for sanctions, support

Jacqui Rivers Vital, a Canadian who lives in Jerusalem, told reporters she was visiting family in her hometown of Ottawa when the Oct. 7 attacks happened. Her daughter, Adi Vital-Kaploun, was murdered by Hamas in her home — an act witnessed by her three-year-old and six-month-old children. The terrorists also booby-trapped Adi’s body, ensuring would-be rescuers would also be murdered. Hamas took the children, along with a woman dragged screaming out of her home, towards Gaza, but reportedly left them at the border instead of taking them hostage. Galit Lapidot was the aunt of Tiferet Lapidot — a 23-year-old daughter of Canadian parents — who was kidnapped by Hamas from the Supernova music festival. Her body was found a little over a week later. “I was there when she was born,” Lapidot said at the press conference, holding up a photo of Tiferet. “She was my sunshine, I loved her like a daughter.” As Hamas thugs murdered, shot and raped the young festival-goers, Tiferet made one last phone call to her mother. “Tiferet asked, ‘what shall I do? I’m running and hiding behind the bushes,” Lapidot recalled.

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