• Hot Cross Buns

    25 March 2020

    Makes 6 -8 buns

    Prep time – 10 minutes

    Proving time -40 minutes

    Cooking time – 15 minutes

    INGREDIENTS

    • 500g – strong flour
    • ½ tsp – salt
    • 2 tsp – mixed spice
    • 50g – golden caster sugar
    • 50g – unsalted butter
    • 225g – mixed dried fruit
    • 1 x 7g – sachet dried yeast
    • 2 – large free-range eggs, whisked
    • 200ml – whole milk

    For the crosses

    • 60g – plain flour
    • To glaze – honey

    Method:

    • Add flour salt, mixed spice and sugar to a bowl and stir.
    • Rub in the butter with your fingertips.
    • Stir in the dried fruit, sprinkle over the yeast and mix in.
    • Warm the milk slightly and mix with the whisked eggs.
    • Add this mixture to the flour and fruit and combine well until it becomes a loose dough.
    • Break the dough into 6 – 8 even-sized pieces and place on a lightly floured surface.
    • Mould them into individual buns and place them on a lined baking tray well apart from each other.
    • Allow the buns to prove for 30 – 40 minutes until they have grown by about 50%.
    • Preheat the oven to 200˚C.
    • To make the crosses mix the flour with a little water to make a paste and add to a piping bag.
    • Once the buns have risen, carefully pipe the mix to make a cross on each bun.
    • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until risen and golden, remove to a wire rack to cool.
    • Once the buns have slightly cooled, brush with honey and allow them to cool completely.

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