Hot Cross Buns

Happy Easter! I thought it would be fun to have a go at hot cross buns!!  Have a go they’re really yummy….

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Ingredients

Ingredients

500g Strong  White Flour

75g Sugar

55g Butter

200ml Milk

50ml Water

2 x 7g Sachets of Dried Yeast

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Whole Nutmeg

120g Sultanas

1 Large Egg Whisked

1 Apple Peeled Cored and Finely Diced

The Zest of 1 Orange

Pinch Salt

For the Crosses

2 Big Spoonfuls Flour

2 Tbsp Water

For the Glaze

2 Large Spoonfuls of Apricot Jam/Marmalade ( I used my Aunts homemade jam made with Kumquats from my Aunts garden)

1 Large Spoonful Honey

Method

Sift the Flour above a large bowl from a height, stir in the sugar, the salt, cinnamon and grate in the nutmeg. Set aside.

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Stir the dry ingredients well

In a small saucepan warm the milk and the water, do not boil just warmed. Pour into a bowl and stir in the dried yeast.

In another small pan melt the butter.

Make a well in the flour mix and pour in the butter then the milk and then the whisked egg.

Mix together with a fork until it forms a dough, it will be fairly sticky. Once it has come together empty onto a floured surface.

Knead well for 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.

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Knead well

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Smooth dough

Place dough in a floured bowl and put a damp cloth on top and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

After it has risen, empty back onto a floured surface knock the air out of it a little then pour over the sultanas, zest and apple.

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Fruit

Knead all the fruit into the dough.

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Dough mixed with the fruit

Line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Cut this into 12 even pieces, I did this by cutting into 4 quarters then each quarter into 3 wedges….

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Then roll each wedge into a ball and place on the baking tray with enough space between each ball.

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Once again cover with a damp cloth or muslin and let rise. Approx 45 minutes or until it again doubles in size. I ended up warming the oven turning it off and popping them in there.

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Cover with damp muslin or a tea towel

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree.

In a bowl make the paste for the cross on the top by mixing the flour and water together until it makes a thick paste. Pop this into a piping bag (if you don’t have one you can just try making the crosses with a spoon)

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Paste for the cross

Pipe the crosses onto the buns.

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Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden.

While these are baking pour the honey and the jam in a pan and warm. Set aside.

Remove the buns from the oven once golden and brush with the warmed jam mixture.

Leave them to cool. We ate them warm but not hot, and spread with butter 🙂

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With my Aunts Easter Tree!!

Happy Easter Folks xxxx

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Hot Cross Buns

by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients

500g Strong  White Flour

75g Sugar

55g Butter

200ml Milk

50ml Water

2 x 7g Sachets of Dried Yeast

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Whole Nutmeg

120g Sultanas

1 Large Egg Whisked

1 Apple Peeled Cored and Finely Diced

The Zest of 1 Orange

Pinch Salt

For the Crosses

2 Big Spoonfuls Flour

2 Tbsp Water

For the Glaze

2 Large Spoonfuls of Apricot Jam/Marmalade ( I used my Aunts homemade jam made with Kumquats from my Aunts garden)

1 Large Spoonful Honey

Method

Sift the Flour above a large bowl from a height, stir in the sugar, the salt, cinnamon and grate in the nutmeg. Set aside.

In a small saucepan warm the milk and the water, do not boil just warmed. Pour into a bowl and stir in the dried yeast.

In another small pan melt the butter.

Make a well in the flour mix and pour in the butter then the milk and then the whisked egg.

Mix together with a fork until it forms a dough, it will be fairly sticky. Once it has come together empty onto a floured surface.

Knead well for 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.

Place dough in a floured bowl and put a damp cloth on top and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

After it has risen, empty back onto a floured surface knock the air out of it a little then pour over the sultanas, zest and apple.

Knead all the fruit into the dough.

Line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Cut this into 12 even pieces, I did this by cutting into 4 quarters then each quarter into 3 wedges….

Then roll each wedge into a ball and place on the baking tray with enough space between each ball.

Once again cover with a damp cloth or muslin and let rise. Approx 45 minutes or until it again doubles in size. I ended up warming the oven turning it off and popping them in there.

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree.

In a bowl make the paste for the cross on the top by mixing the flour and water together until it makes a thick paste. Pop this into a piping bag (if you don’t have one you can just try making the crosses with a spoon)

Pipe the crosses onto the buns.

Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden.

While these are baking pour the honey and the jam in a pan and warm. Set aside.

Remove the buns from the oven once golden and brush with the warmed jam mixture.

Enjoy!

Lulu xxx

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