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Hot Cross Buns

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Makes

12

Portions
.Suitable for freezing
.Preparation

130

minutes
.

20

minutes cooking time
.210 C°, 425 F°, Gas Mark 7

Ingredients

For the Buns
  • 500g Strong Bread Flour
  • 1 stp Salt
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 7g Fast-action Yeast
  • 300ml Milk
  • 50g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 130g Sultanas and Mixed Peel
  • 1 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
For the Cross
  • 75g plain flour
  • Water
For the Glaze
  • Apricot Jam
  • Or Water and granulated sugar melted together

Method

  1. Heat the milk and melt in the butter. Remove and leave to cool
  2. In a bowl mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt together
  3. Make a well in the middle, pour in the milk and butter mix and then beat the egg and add this.
  4. Stir it all together with a spoon and then use your hands to bring it all together-it will be a sticky dough
  5. knead the dough on a lightly floured service for 5 minutes. Lightly oil a bowl and put the dough in and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size
  6. Tip in the sultanas, mixed peel and mixed spice into the dough, knead (still in the bowl) the dough, cover again and leave to rise for 1/2 hour.
  7. Make a long sausage with the dough. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces on a floured surface and roll into a ball. Place on a lined baking tray and cover again with cling film. Leave enough room between each bun for the dough to expand. Leave for 1/2 hour
  8. Mix the plain flour with a small amount of water to make a thick paste. Using a piping bag or a plastic food bag (snip off the corner to act as the nozzle)
  9. Pipe a cross on each bun
  10. Bake for 20mins until golden brown
  11. Melt the jam and brush over the warm buns (you can use sugar and a small amount of water if you dont have jam)

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