Hot Cross Buns

Eat these when freshly baked, that’s when they are best. Warm with butter of course.

Hot Cross Buns
Recipe from Gourmet Traveller
Serves  16

Ingredients

Buns

750 gm (5 cups) plain flour, sifted
55 gm (¼ cup)  caster sugar
2 tsp (14 gm)  dried yeast
1 tsp  allspice
½ tsp  cinnamon
250 gm (1½ cups)  sultanas
100 gm candied orange peel, coarsely chopped
1 orange, finely grated rind only
300 ml  milk
100 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
1 egg

Glaze

55 gm (¼ cup) caster sugar
¼ tsp mixed spice

Directions

1. Combine 700 gm flour, sugar, yeast, spices, sultanas, orange peel and rind and 1 tsp sea salt in a bowl. Gently warm milk and butter over a low heat until butter melts and mixture is tepid. Add egg to milk mixture and whisk. Make a well in the centre of flour mixture, add milk mixture and stir. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size. Knock back dough and cut into 16 equal pieces. Knead each piece into a ball, place in a lightly greased 22cm-square cake pan, cover with a damp tea towel and stand in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.

2. Preheat oven to 220C. Combine remaining flour and ¼ cup water and stir to a smooth paste. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a fine nozzle. Pipe lines down each row to form crosses. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 200C and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden. (They’re ready when they sound hollow when tapped).

3. For glaze, combine ingredients with ¼ cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring  to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Brush glaze over hot buns, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

1 Comment

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One Response to Hot Cross Buns

  1. Phil Rudder

    Good stuff, highly recommended.

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