Friday, 22 April 2011

# 63 Fridays recipes: Hot Cross Buns

Today being Good Friday I decided to try and make Hot Cross Buns. I love these slightly sweet and spiced buns and in the booklet that came with my bread maker there is a recipe for the dough.

I made a few changes to the recipe because both my husband and son don't like the dried fruit or the peel. I haven't had one yet but they look promising and the smell in the kitchen while these were in the oven was very tempting.

Here's the recipe.

1/2 teaspoon fast action yeast
250g strong white flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of one lemon and one orange
25g butter
1 egg
100 ml water
1 tablespoon milk

Place all ingredients in the baking pan in the order in which they are listed above.* Set the programme to Basic Dough (in my bread maker this takes 2h 20m).

Once the cycle finishes turn out the dough onto a clean surface and divide the mixture into small balls. This is easier if you first rub your hands with a little vegetable oil.

Place the balls on a lightly greased and floured baking tray and allow to prove until doubled in size.

Make a paste by mixing flour with water and pipe a cross over the buns.

Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown.

While the buns are still hot brush with a sugar glaze made from 40g sugar in 4 tablespoons of water, stir and allow to boil for about 5 minutes to make a syrup.

* If your bread maker requires you to place wet ingredients first in the baking pan, you just need to invert the order by starting from the bottom of the list of ingredients and working your way up to the top.