Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are English sweets which now now form part of the Lenten sweets on display in most shops. Hot Cross buns are sweet bread with raisins and decorated with a cream cross at the top. The method of making these buns is very similar to making bread since these too need proving before baking.

With the weather settling down to longer days with less rain, I am sure that most of you are organising picnics or BBQs to make the most of the weekends. This recipe is ideal to prepare and pack-up for a picnic. Home-made Buns are nutritious and being slightly sweet are the ideal treat for tea time!

The process of making these buns is long due to the fact that the buns need to rest, but other than that, there is little work to prepare them, so give this recipe a try this weekend!
Here is what you will need to make around 16 buns:

For the Buns
500 gr. Plain flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
75 gr. sugar
11g dried instant yeast
100 ml milk – luke warm
200ml water – luke warm
150 gr. sultanas
Grated zest of 2 oranges
80 gr. mixed peel (optional)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the Cross
4 tablespoons plain flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3-4 tablespoons water
For the glaze:
100 gr. sugar
100 ml water

Start off by making the dough. First, place the flour, salt, sugar and yeast together in a bowl. Mix the ingredient together and whilst doing so, drizzle the water and milk until your mixture forms a dough.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead well (with your hands) for about 5 minutes then set aside and allow the dough to rest in a warm place for about 1 hour.
Once your hour has passed, place the dough back onto your working top and knead in the sultanas, mixed peel, orange zest and cinnamon. Knead again and set aside for another hour.
Once the dough has rested, prepare your baking dish and divide the dough into small buns, you should be able to make around 16 buns. Place the buns on a baking tray and allow them to rise again for about 30 mins.
In the mean time, prepare your cross mixture. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until you have achieved a thick paste or a soft dough. Place the cross over the top of the buns and set aside until the full 30 minutes are up. Place the buns in a preheated oven at 180°C and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Whilst your buns are cooking, prepare the glaze by mixing the sugar and water.
Now, keep a pastry brush handy and once the buns are out of the oven glaze immediately.
As the name suggested, Hot cross Buns are best served warm, however can be reheated in a microwave for a couple of seconds. You can also toast them slightly and fill with jam, marmalade or simply butter!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, i just have to thank you! I used and adapted the hot cross bun recipe and put it on my blog. Don't worry i gave you a shout out and told them i got it off your site.
    I adapted it and used spelt flour instead and they turned out really great. So a big thanks :)


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