Hot Cross Buns

‘Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns’.. So goes the nursery rhyme.

Made with currants or raisins and traditionally eaten on Good Friday or so it used to be. These days however supermarkets are selling them toffee, orange, cranberry, chocolate, coffee or whatever flavor you can think of and for weeks before good Friday. In fact, they’re selling like hot cakes (sorry). Hot cross buns have a long history and in the middle ages people believed they had power to heal, they would even hang them from the rafters for luck.

Superstitions aside I think they are a nice idea and at least the cross on the bun makes sense for the occasion unlike chocolate eggs. This is the first time I’ve made hot cross buns but I did it hoping to start a family tradition and create memories for the children around Easter time. I want to make them every year and get the children involved. Hopefully next time they’ll turn out better though. Badly made buns is not the memory I’m hoping to create. I got the recipe from BBC Good Food (check out the link below). They didn’t rise which was very disappointing. Having said that we all enjoyed them and I even had them with my breakfast this morning. I reckon they tasted more like fruit scones but I’ll keep trying till I get it right! Look for the original recipe here bbc good food

Hot cross buns
 
Recipe Type: Dessert, sweet
Cuisine: Irish
Author: Mira
Ingredients
  • 300ml milk,
  • 50g butter
  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 7 g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 75g sultanas chopped into small pieces
  • 50g mixed candied fruits
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • [b]For the cross[/b]
  • 75g plain flour
  • about 5 tbsp of water
  • [b]For the glaze[/b]
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam
Instructions
  1. Bring the milk to boil, then remove from the heat and add the butter. Leave to cool until it reaches hand temperature.
  2. Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast into a bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center.
  4. Pour in the warm milk and butter mixture followed by the beaten egg. Mix until you get a sticky dough.
  5. Then tip on to a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough becomes smooth.
  6. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hr or until doubled in size.
  7. Meanwhile chop the apple and the sultanas.
  8. With the dough still in the bowl, add in the sultanas, mixed candied fruits, orange zest, apple. Knead into the dough. Leave to rise for an another hour covered with a well oiled cling film.
  9. Roll around 15-20 smooth balls. Arrange the buns on one or two baking trays lined with parchment, leaving enough space for the dough to expand. Cover with a clean tea towel, then set aside to prove for 1 more  hr.
  10. At this stage I used the help of my 15 year old to make the cross mixture by mixing the flour with about 5 tbsp of water. 1 tbsp at a time. Check out her piping method 😉 .Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses. Bake for 20 mins in a preheated oven at 200C until golden brown.
  11. Gently heat the apricot jam to melt. While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool.
  12. Mine were way too golden though! There is a problem with my oven 😉
 

 

 
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