Good Friday is this week so it is Hot Cross Bun time. This is a really good version with a good balance of spice flavoring the dough. Another delicious recipe that has only currants and a sweet glaze can be found here and a citrusy version is here.
Hot Cross Buns
450g/1 lb white bread flour
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnomon
75g butter, cut into pieces
2 tsp fast acting yeast
2 beaten eggs
200ml luke warm milk
175g mixed dried fruit
Apricot jam for glazing, optional
1. Preheat oven to 200℃/400℉.
2. Place flour minus 4 tablespoons, spices and a pinch of salt. Add the butter and rub it in until it’s all combined. Stir in sugar and yeast.
3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the eggs and milk. Mix together to form a sticky dough then transfer onto a lightly floured work surface.
4. Knead for about 10 minutes until the dough becomes silky and elastic.
5. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
6. Turn dough out again onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Roll out dough and sprinkle with the fruit. Gather the dough together and knead until the fruit is evenly distributed. Divide into 14 pieces and roll into balls.
7. Place buns on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with a tea towel and set in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.
8. Meanwhile, mix the reserved 4 tablespoons of flour with enough water to make a smooth paste. Pipe or spoon crosses onto the risen buns.
9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
10. Transfer buns to a wire rack to cool and brush with melted apricot jam if you like.
Makes 14 buns
Recipe from Goodlife.co.uk
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