Hot Cross Buns Recipe

For some, Easter represents a time of rejoicing, renewal of spirit and rekindling of faith. But for most, it’s simply an opportunity to take a break and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Cooking is a great way to get the family together, even f most of them are simply devouring the end product. So get your apron on, use our recipes for some inspiration and serve up a delicious Easter feast.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups currants
  • 40g butter
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

FLOUR PASTE

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons water

GLAZE

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • Butter, to serve

METHOD

  1. Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk and heat until lukewarm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to currant mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Use hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl then cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free spot for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until dough doubles in size.
  3. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm spot for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  4. Make flour paste: Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small zip-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.
  5. Make glaze: Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Serve warm!

 




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