Gay Pride Buns

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So it was Gay Pride week here in Dublin last week and the Gays and Lesbians of Dublin took to the streets and filled the City with colour.Image

 The theme of this years parade was show your through colours and that certainly happened on the streets of Dublin last week. The festival was a huge success. Dublin is said to have more gay or bisexual per capita. Although Ireland has come along way in the last twenty years we are still have a long way to go. Same sex marriage is not recognized in Ireland although Civil Partnership entitles them to similar rights as married couple. This reminds me of a slogan I saw on the subway in New York ” If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married”. It’sissues like this that make me embarrassed to be part of the Catholic Church who have a zero tolerance of gay rights. To celebrate how far Ireland has come on the issue of LGBT rights, and to hope we can go further to allow these men and women equal rights, I made multicolored buns (not cupcakes)

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Gay Pride Buns

makes 12 buns

I use imperial units as it is easier to remember for the buns

6oz self raising flour

6oz caster sugar

6oz of margarine

3 eggs

two to three drops of food colouring red, blue, yellow and green (I had no blue)

for the frosting

3 egg whites

280g of caster sugar

1 tsp of cream of tartar

Put 12 bun cases in a bun tin. Preheat the oven to 160C. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Sieve in the flour and mix well.  Divide the mixture into five bowls put more in the first bowl and less as you go down the bowls. In the first bowl put the red colouring, the second put yellow (or orange), third put green, fourth put blue and fifth make purple with blue and red. Put a small spoonful of red into each case then using your finger make a little hole in the base to put the second colour in, repeat with each colour until you get to the purple. Then put in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes. Take out and leave to cool on a wire tray.  Meanwhile make the frosting, Beat the sugar, cream of tartar and egg whites, in a heatproof bowl,unitl volumised ( I think its a word) and stiff. Then put it over a double broiler ( saucepan of hot water on the cooker) and continue mixing for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Then pipe on cooled buns.

 

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