Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

simple hot cross buns recipe

simple hot cross buns recipe

Hot Cross Buns 

Recipe Type: Cakes & Baking

Cuisine: British

Author: Caroline Artiss

Prep time: 1 hour 30 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 1 hour 50 mins

Serves: 16

Easter bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to cook something that takes a little extra time, but with plenty of reward. Treat your loved ones this weekend to some freshly baked Hot Cross Buns and it’s so much fun to make it together.

Ingredients

  • Dough
  • 2 x 7 g sachets of fast action yeast
  • 60g / ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 375ml 1-½ cups warm milk
  • 600g / 4 cups plain flour
  • 1-heaped tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 80g butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 120g / ¾ cup mixed fruit soaked for 10 minutes in hot water

 

  • Extras:
  • To make them even fruitier you can add
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange

 

  • White paste cross mix
  • ½ cup / 75g plain flour
  • ¼ cup / 40 ml water
  • 3 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Make the yeast mixture first
  2. Simply add the warm milk, caster sugar and yeast into a bowl
  3. Give it a stir and then cover with a cloth and leave somewhere warm for 10 minutes
  4. The yeast will begin to go frothy
  5. In a large bowl, sieve the flour and spices together
  6. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it has disappeared and turned into fine breadcrumbs
  7. Next, make a well in the centre of the flour
  8. Add the egg and zest, drained mixed fruit and yeast mixture
  9. Bring all the ingredients together with your hands to make a big sticky ball
  10. Cover with a damp cloth and leave somewhere warm for 45 minutes – 1 hour
  11. It will double in size so make sure your bowl is big enough
  12. Prepare a large baking try by lightly shaking a bit of flour on it
  13. When your dough has risen and doubled in size, lightly flour a work surface to knead the dough Knead for about 5 minutes, adding a little extra flour if it is too sticky
  14. Then cut the dough into 16 pieces
  15. Roll each piece into a ball shape and pop them on your baking tray next to each other
  16. Leave them to raise for another 10 – 15 minutes somewhere warm
  17. Turn oven on to hot – gas 6 / 200 c/ 390F
  18. While they are rising you can make your white paste mixture
  19. Simply mix all ingredients together until a smooth paste is formed
  20. The paste should be quite thick, if it is runny just add a little more flour until you get the right consistency
  21. You will need either a piping bag or a small plastic food bag
  22. If you use a food bag then make a tiny hole in the corner and this is will act as your piping bag
  23. When the dough has risen a bit more, or to the edge of the baking tray
  24. Pipe a straight line across the buns in one direction and then going across the other way so you make a cross on each bun
  25. Pop into the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through
  26. Whilst they are still hot brush some golden syrup over the top to make a glaze and serve them straight away
  27. They taste best when freshly baked with a good spread of butter

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