Well Spring is now poking its head around the corner and with Easter on the way with Good Friday being on 3 of April it’s time to start practicing making those
lush Hot Cross Buns so here is my own recipe to help you on the way!
I will also post this as an attachment in the files for you all to download
“Hot Cross Buns”
“Ingredients for the buns”
625 grams Bread flour
10 grams salt
2 tablespoons ground mixed spice
(I make my own mixed spice using:
½ teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon fresh ground cloves
½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg)
45 grams butter
85 grams caster sugar
1 lemon, zest only
grams instant yeast
1 whole large egg
280 grams tepid milk
125 grams mixed dried fruit
“For the Cross mixture”
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 table spoon vegetable oil or Olive Oil
3-4 tablespoons water +/-
1 tablespoon golden
1 tablespoon water
Gently heated together for
1, For the buns, sieve the flour, salt and ground mixed spice
into a large mixing bowl, then rub in the butter using your fingertips or on your mixer, then add the sugar and lemon zest and yeast.
2, Beat the egg and add to the flour with the tepid milk. Mix together to a form a soft but pliable dough
3, Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Carefully work the mixed dried fruit into the dough until well
combined. Knead lightly for 5-10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
4, Grease a large, warm mixing bowl with butter. Shape the dough into a ball and place it into the prepared bowl, then cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for about an hour to prove.
5, Turn out the proved dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knock back the
dough. Shape it into a ball again and return it to the bowl, then cover again with the tea towel and set aside for a further 30 minutes to rise.
6, Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into equal 40/50 gram pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, and then flatten slightly into a bun
shape using the palms of your hand. Cover the buns again with the tea towel and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes.
7, Grease a baking tray with shortening and transfer the buns to the tray.
Cover the tray with a plastic sheet of a clean cloth and set aside in a warm place for the buns to rise.
8, Preheat the oven to 200c
9, Meanwhile for the topping, mix the plain flour, oil and tablespoons of water to a smooth paste that should have a slack but elastic consistency
10, When the buns have risen, spoon the cross mixture into a piping bag and pipe the
cross on each bun.
11, Place the
buns in the oven and bake at 200c for 10-12 minutes +/- or until pale golden-brown.
As soon as you remove the buns from the oven, brush them with the hot golden syrup mixture, then set aside to cool on a wire rack