Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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Hot Cross Buns for Easter
Hot Cross Buns for Easter

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

With Easter fast approaching, why not try something different and make your own hot cross buns.

Time: Preparation Approx 1:45, Cooking Time 0:25

Makes 12.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 8g sachets dried yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
  • 4 cups (600g) plain our
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 60g butter
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (50g) self-raising our
  • apricot jam, warmed and sieved, for brushing

Method:

  1. Whisk yeast, milk and caster sugar until the sugar dissolves. Set aside for 10 minutes. Sift plain flour with cinnamon, mixed spice and salt into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub in butter.
  2. Stir in sultanas, cranberries (craisins), eggs and yeast mixture. Turn dough onto floured surface. Knead 5 mins. Put in large greased bowl. Cover. Leave in warm spot 3/4 hour. Punch down. Knead until smooth. Shape into 12 balls. Put into 30cm x 20cm greased baking tray. Set aside 1/4 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°C. Combine self-raising flour and 1/4 cup (60ml) water. Pipe crosses onto the buns. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 180°C and bake for a further 15 minutes. Brush buns while warm with jam.

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