5 March 2013

Hot-Cross Bun Recipe

So I've got another recipe to share with you today which you may have already guessed by the title... yep you got it, it is indeed hot-cross buns. They might not be as pretty as the pancakes I made last time but they sure are just as tasty!

INGREDIENTS

THE BUN
625g strong white flour
1tsp salt
2 tsp ground mixed spice
45g unsalted butter
85g sugar
1 lemon zest
1½ tsp fast-action yeast
1 free-range egg
300ml tepid milk
125g mixed dried fruit

THE TOPPING
4 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp boiling water
1 egg 
golden syrup 



The first thing you want to do is melt your butter. You can do this either by popping it into the microwave for a few minutes, or by pouring boiling water into a bowl, and putting your butter into a smaller bowl and placing it on top of the water. 

Whilst your butter is melting, start the mixture by sifting your flour into a large mixing bowl. Next add the salt and your ground mixed spice. By now your butter should have melted so add that into the bowl and mix it all together. 


(I should probably mention that this is not one for those who don't like getting their hands dirty!)


Now create a well in the centre of your bowl. 
Add in your sugar, lemon zest and yeast. 

In a separate bowl beat your egg and pour in your milk. 
Mix them both together before adding them to the rest of the mixture. 
Pour in gradually, mixing with a wooden spoon as you go along. If you find your mixture is too dry then just add a touch more milk.

Take out your dough onto a flour-sprinkled surface and roll in your mixed fruit. 


Knead dough for about 5 minutes until the fruit in is properly mixed in and the dough becomes elastic-y. 


Place your dough into a large bowl and cover it with a tea towel.
Leave in a warm place for an hour or so. I put mine in the oven at a very low temperature. 

When you take it out your dough should have risen. 

Separate the mix into 12 and roll them into individual balls. Press down gently to flatten and create a hot-cross bun shape. 




Grease a baking tray and place your buns on there, making sure they are not too tightly packed together as they will expand.

Leave for another 30 minutes in a warm place. 
Whilst you're waiting, mix together your flour, sugar and water for the crosses. Also whisk an egg in a separate bowl. 
After 30 minutes create a cross indent on the top of each of your buns using the flat side of a knife. Fill these crosses with your paste using piping. Give your buns a sweep over with the egg wash. 

Pre-heat oven to 160. Cover your tray and buns loosely with grease-proof paper. Place tray into the oven and bake for 30 minutes. 

Remove the grease-proof paper and return tray to oven for a further 10 minutes until they become a lovely golden brown. Keep an eye on them for the last bit to make sure they don't burn!  

Put them on a cooling rack and coat the top all over with golden syrup.

When you're ready to eat, turn on your grill, slice the bun in half and place on baking tray with the insides facing upwards and pop them in for about 2 minutes.  




Last and final step: spread a generous helping of butter onto your bun and take a bite. Enjoy that deliciously fresh taste of homemade bread infused with the sweet blend of mixed spice and lemon. Ever want to buy a super-market bun again? No? Thought not!






So there you have it - the recipe to a perfect tea-time treat!

A x

2 comments:

  1. looks delicious!

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  2. These look so tasty! I have never thought about making them, but I might give this recipe a go, the bought ones are always so sticky!

    E x

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