Ultimate Hot Cross Buns

Ultimate Hot Cross Buns

90 Minutes

serves 8

You'll need

For the buns:
500g strong white bread flour
½ tsp salt
2 heaped tsp mixed spice
50g caster sugar
50g butter, chopped into cubes
200g mixed dried fruit
7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
200ml milk
2 eggs

For the crosses & glaze:
3 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp water
Honey or golden syrup, to glaze

How to make it

Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the salt, mixed spice and sugar. Rub in the butter with your fingertips. Stir in the dried fruit, then sprinkle over the yeast and stir in. Gently warm the milk then beat with the eggs, then pour into the dried ingredients.

Mix the ingredients to form a moist dough, then leave to rest for 5 mins. Take out of the bowl and cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape the dough into buns on a floured surface. Space apart on a baking sheet, cover loosely with cling film or a damp tea towel, then leave in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take 1 hr-1 hr 15 mins, depending on how warm the room is.

When the buns are risen, heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Mix the flour with the water to make a paste. Pour into a piping bag or plastic food bag and make a small cut in one of the corners. Pipe crosses on top of each bun. Bake for 12-15 mins until risen and golden. Trim the excess cross mixture from the buns, then brush all over with honey or golden syrup. The buns will keep fresh for a day. After that they are best toasted and served with butter.

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