Recipe: Perfect Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns.

Hot Cross Buns You can have Hot Cross Buns using 18 ingredients and 8 steps. Here is how you achieve that.

Ingredients of Hot Cross Buns

  1. It's of Dough:.
  2. You need 250 g (2 cups) of strong flour/white bread flour.
  3. It's 250 g (2 cups) of plain flour/all-purpose flour.
  4. Prepare 1 tsp of mixed spice.
  5. It's 125 ml (1 cup) of lukewarm milk.
  6. It's 125 ml (1 cup) of lukewarm water.
  7. You need 7 g (2 1/4 tsp) of active dry yeast.
  8. You need 10 g of salt.
  9. You need 50 g of sugar (3 heaping Tbsp).
  10. Prepare 1 of egg, beaten.
  11. You need 50 g of unsalted butter (3 1/2 Tbsp).
  12. Prepare 100 g of dried mixed fruit or raisins (a small bowlful).
  13. Prepare of Crosses on top:.
  14. It's of some plain flour.
  15. You need of water.
  16. Prepare of Glaze:.
  17. You need 2 Tbsp of marmalade or apricot jam.
  18. You need 2 Tbsp of water.

Hot Cross Buns step by step

  1. Mix all the dough ingredients in a large bowl until it forms a ball of dough you can knead. Remove to a board sprinkled with flour and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth, soft and elastic..
  2. Form the dough into a ball and put back into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise until about doubled in size (usually 1 hour but if it's chilly it could take 2 hours)..
  3. Once the dough is about double in size, bring it back to the floured board and knead it briefly to push out the air. Divide it into 8 equal pieces..
  4. With each piece of dough, form round buns. Place the 8 buns on a floured or lined baking tray (leave a little space in between) and cover lightly with a tea towel. Let rise for about another 30 minutes..
  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C (400°F)..
  6. To make the crosses, mix together a small amount of flour with a little water until it forms a thick paste. Use the paste to make crosses across the top of each bun..
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the hot cross buns are golden. While the buns are baking, mix together the marmalade/apricot jam and water, then brush it over the buns when they come out of the oven (still hot!)..
  8. Let the hot cross buns cool on a wire rack, and enjoy for Easter!.

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