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Hot Cross Buns

Servings: Makes 12 – 15

Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes


hot cross buns
Hot Cross Buns

What you’ll need


Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 75g caster sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 40g butter (very soft)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 150g currants
  • 80g mixed peel, chopped
  • 240ml milk ( full fat )
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • finely grated zest 1 orange or 1 lemon

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon icing sugar
  • 1 -2 tablespoons milk or water

Method

  • Very gently heat the milk until hand hot. Make sure the butter is very soft, heat a little if need be.
  • Put the flour in a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, yeast and salt and mix together.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the butter, eggs and most but not all of the milk
  • Mix together with your hand until the mixture comes together, add a little more milk if need be.
  • The mixture should be soft but not wet.
  • Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 – 10 minutes until smooth and silky.
  • Put in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for at least 1 hour or until doubled in size. It is okay to leave for 2 hours.
  • Knock out the air and scatter the dried fruit, orange zest, and spices on top. Knead in until evenly incorporated.
  • Divide into 12  or 15 pieces and roll into balls, place quite close together on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave to rise for another 30 minutes – 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven to 220°C / 200°C fan, and make a paste with the four and water and put in a little piping bag.
  • When risen, brush with egg wash ( 1 egg beaten well with a pinch of salt) and then pipe crosses on each bun.
  • Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Warm the apricot jam with a splash of water and brush over the tops to glaze.

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