Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Posted 2016-03-07 by Enchanting Temptationsfollow

Fresh are sensational. I love nothing more than eating one while it's hot or cutting one open and slathering it with butter, honey or jam. This recipe is one I use time and time again and always turns out perfectly soft and delicious!

Preparation Time: 3 hours
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Makes: 12 servings

4 cups of plain bread flour
3 teaspoons of quick active yeast
1/4 cup castor sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of all spice
1/4 teaspoons of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups of sultanas
50g of butter
300ml of milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup plain flour
4-5 tablespoons of water

1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons caster sugar

  • In a large bowl combine the flour, yeast, sugar, spices and sultanas.

  • Melt butter in a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Add the milk and mix. Heat in the microwave for another minute.
  • Add the warm milk and eggs to the dry ingredients and mix with a spatular or flat bladed knife.

  • Turn the dough onto a clean and floured bench and knead for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic.

  • Put into a large greased bowl and cover in cling wrap. *Set aside in a warm environment for 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours until it has doubled in size.

  • Grease and line a large tray.
  • Punch the dough back down to its original size and knead the dough on a floured surface for another 60 seconds until smooth.
  • Divide the dough into 12 even portions and shape them into balls.

  • Place the balls onto the tray 1cm apart.

  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow them to rise in a warm environment for another 30 minutes until they've doubled in size. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.

  • Cross:
  • Beat the flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth. If its too thick, add a little more water and if its too thin, add more flour.
  • Spoon the mixture into a ziplock bag and snip off a corner.
  • Pipe the flour mixture over the tops of the buns to form crosses.

  • Bake for 20 -25 minutes or until the buns are cooked through and are golden brown.

  • Glaze:
  • Place water and sugar into a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and bring to the boil.
  • Boil for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is thick.
  • Brush the warm glaze over the hot buns.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

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