Easter recipes (Hot Cross Buns)

Easter recipes (Hot Cross Buns)

Traditional hot cross buns.

Ingredients (serves 12 people)

  • 1000g plain flour
  • two sachets of dried yeast
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 1-2 tsp of allspice
  • 150g of currants
  • 40g of melted butter
  • 300ml of warmed milk
  • two eggs,

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  1. Mix 900g of sifted plain flour with two sachets of dried yeast (these come in 7g sachets), 50g of caster sugar, 1-2 tsp of allspice, 150g of currants (or a mix of currants and dried fruit chunks if you prefer), and a pinch of salt.

  2. Add other spices like cinnamon if you want to.

  3. Stir into this 40g of melted butted that has been blended in a pan with 300ml of warmed milk.

  4. Beat two eggs and add these to the mixture before working it into dough.

  5. Then knead the dough on a floured surface, shape into a large ball and place it in a bowl covered with clingfilm for over an hour, to allow the dough to rise.

  6. Take the dough and divide it into 10-15 smaller balls (according to the size of bun you want, but bearing in mind that after reworking the dough it will swell a bit more).

  7. Place these on a greased baking tray and cut a deep cross shape in the top of each bun.

  8. Again cover with clingfilm and leave until they have risen – about half an hour.

  9. In the meantime, to make the crosses on the top, just add about 100g of plain flour to about 4 tbsp of warm water to make a paste.

  10. If you have a piping bag, pipe this across the buns once they have risen, following the cross marked in the top of each bun. (If you don’t have a piping bag, a clean plastic bag with a small hole cut in the corner should work just as well.)

  11. Bake for about 20 minutes at 190 degrees C or Gas Mark 5. Leave in for a few more minutes if they do not look cooked through.

  12. Some people like to add the shiny top a la supermarket buns. Add this effect by brushing sugared water (a couple of tbsp of caster sugar melted in a small amount of warm water) lightly over the top of each bun whilst still hot from the oven.

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Sounds like fun to make your own hot cross buns.

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cant wait to try these im going to give them a try

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I only buy Hot Cross Buns at Easter,because that's when they should be made and sold not all through the year.

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Can't wait to try these with my little one for Easter.

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