Amazing Hot Cross Buns

With Good Friday just around the corner I thought I better share my amazing Hot Cross Buns. I first made them just last year, after I adapted a favourite dough recipe I use into the tasty Easter treats.

What you need...
  • One 7gram sachet dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm to activate yeast
  • 3 teaspoons caster sugar to activate yeast
  • 4 and 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 100 mil cream
  • 50 mil milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 85grams unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • choc chips or soaked sultanas and mixed peel.
How you do it...
  • Mix together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water & caster sugar.  Set aside for 20 mins or until yeast froths.
  • In a large bowl mix flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, salt and spices.
  • In a separate bowl or jug mix together cream, milk & eggs.
  • Melt butter and stir in the oil.
  • Make a well in the dry mix and add in yeast, then add the other to prepared liquids.
  • Knead for 2 mins until the dough comes together  
  • Cover snuggly with a clean warm tea towel and let double in side for at least 2 hours.
  • After the dough has risen it to to knead it out, you can do this the easy way in your mixmaster with a dough hook for 8 mins or the hard fun way on your kitchen bench for 10mins. Halfway through this process add you choc chips, or soaked fruit. I like to half teh mixture and do both chocolate and fruit buns.
What you need… Spiced glaze 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gelatine
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
How you do it… Spiced glaze
  • Combine sugar gelatine and spice on the stove devolving the sugar without boiling.
What you need...Cross
  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 5 tablespoons water.
Baking the Buns
  • Divide the dough into whatever bun size portions you desire, I think the bigger the better.
  • Lay the buns out on a baking tray you have sprayed with cooking oil.
  • With a glazing brush, apply the glaze all over the top of the buns.
  • Place cross mixture into a piping bag and pipe a cross on each bun.
  • Pop into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 10-15 mins.  Your looking for the buns to go a light golden colour.
These Hot Cross Buns are delicious straight out of the oven or cold, store them in an air tight container and they will be good to go for a few days.

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