Recipe: HOT CROSS BUNS

One a penny, two a penny…..Hot Cross Buns are a real Easter treat for every member of the family. So this year, why not make your own Hot Cross Buns recipe!

HOT CROSS BUNS
This recipe makes 10 buns.

Ingredients:

500g strong plain flour

tsp salt

2tsp mixed spice

2tsp cinnamon

8g sugar

14g easy blend yeast

200ml warm milk

1 large egg, beaten

50ml sunflower oil

125g mixed dried fruits

Paste for Cross:

2tbsp plain flour

3tbsp milk

1tsp oil

Glaze

2tbsp water

2tbsp sugar


Method:

Sift the flour, salt and spices into a mixing bowl then sprinkle in the sugar and yeast.

Make a well in the centre then pour in the milk, egg, oil and fruit and mix together to make a smooth dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours until doubled in size.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a further 2 minutes. Divide into 10 equal pieces, shape into buns and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and leave in a warm place until doubled in size again.

To make the paste put the flour in a small bowl and gradually stir in the milk and oil to make a smooth, thick batter. Spoon into a small piping bag fitted with a 5mm plain nozzle and pipe a cross on top of each bun.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200C (400F), Gas Mark 6 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

To make the glaze put the sugar and milk into a small pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 minute. Brush the buns with the glaze as soon as they come out of the oven. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool a little before serving.

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