Hot Cross Buns

Easter is approaching! It is now acceptable to eat Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs! Yes!!!

I love Hot Cross buns – fruity and spicy, slathered with butter and served warm with a cup of tea, they make for a perfect Autumn snack. I am not much of a purist and also adore chocolate-flavoured Hot Cross Buns… perhaps I’ll try making some of them soon too.

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How cute are those mugs, right? My sister-in-law made them for us (amongst a whole stack of other goodies) for Christmas last year. So cute!

Anyway, this weekend I made Hot Cross buns based on this recipe. They’re really really good. They’re a little bit time-consuming, but they’re worth it, I promise! So much better than the supermarket variety.

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Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients

For the buns:

  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, currants)
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 70g mixed peel
  • 2 teaspoons active dried yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, lukewarm
  • 5 cups high grade flour
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 75g butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

For the crosses:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons water

Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Place dried fruit in a bowl with half a cup of boiling water. Leave to soak for 20 minutes. Drain and combine with mixed peel, cinnamon and mixed spice.
  2. In a medium bowl, sprinkle yeast and first measure of sugar over lukewarm milk. Leave for 5 minutes. Yeast should start to foam.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the milk mixture, butter and egg. Mix to combine.
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Work in spiced fruit mixture and knead further until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover. Leave in a warm spot until dough doubles in size (about 30 minutes).
  6. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan-bake.
  7. Knead dough lightly. Divide into 12 pieces. Smooth into round balls and place in a greased or lined tray. Cover and leave to rise until buns have doubled in size.
  8. To make crosses, combine flour and water. Pipe onto buns.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush with maple syrup while still hot.

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