Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Posted 2017-03-04 by Naomi follow

Nothing beats eating a hot cross bun straight out of the oven. These buns are delicious, soft and better than store bought ones. Serve warm with butter and jam for breakfast, brunch or morning tea.

Preparation Time: 2 hours
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 12

For the hot cross buns
  • 7g active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, warm
  • 4 1/4 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sultanas
  • 1/2 cup cranberries (or sultanas if you prefer)
  • Extra flour for dusting

  • For the cross
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup water

  • For the glaze
  • 1 tbsp water, hot
  • 2 tsp gelatine powder
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

  • Method
    To make the dough
  • Place milk, 2 tbsp sugar and yeast in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes. The mixture will start to foam as the yeast is activated.
  • Add the butter, sugar and egg to the yeast mixture and gently stir.
  • Put the flour, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberries and sultanas into a large bowl and gently stir to combine. Add the yeast mixture and stir to combine until a dough is formed.
  • Lightly dust the bench top with flour. Turn the dough out on to the bench top and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes, until it becomes elastic.
  • Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a wet cloth and set aside for 1 hour in a warm, draught free spot, or until doubled in size.

  • [Image3 The dough has doubled in size and ready to be formed into buns]

  • Divide the dough into 12 portions and roll into balls. Place the rolled dough into a baking tray lined with baking paper, cover with a wet cloth and set aside for 30 minutes in a warm, draught free location to rise.

  • [Image4 The cut dough is ready to be rolled]

    [Image5 Roll the dough into balls]

    To make the cross

  • In the meantime, while the buns are rising, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  • Combine the flour and water for the cross and place in a piping bag or plastic bag with the corner chopped off.
  • Pipe the cross onto the buns and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes to bake, or until golden brown.

  • [Image6 Piping the cross]

    To make the glaze
  • Dissolve the gelatine in 1 tbsp of hot water. Stir and set aside for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and sugar to a saucepan on medium heat. Stir for 2 minutes until dissolved. Add the dissolved gelatine and stir for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Use a pastry brush to glaze the buns when they are warm.
  • Serve the buns with butter and jam.

  • [Image7 Serve with butter and jam]


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