Possibly the most delightful thing about this time of year, apart from spending time with family, is the hot cross bun. Hot and toasty with butter and honey, they are beautiful. This year I have set out to make my own. Aided by my beautiful new iPad, I have needed and rested and baked a lovely glowing set. Recipe originally from Julie Goodwin’s blog: http://www.juliegoodwin.com/blog
Hot Cross Buns
- 4 cups plain flour
- 1/4 cup self raising flour
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups mixed fruit
- 2 packets yeast
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 60g butter
- 2 tbsp jam
- Heat the milk in the microwave.
- Add the sugar and mix until dissolved.
- Add yeast, stir, and set aside for ten minutes until it becomes frothy.
- Add the spices and salt to the flour.
- Gently beat the eggs and add, with the milk, to the flour.
- Stir to form a dough.
- Add mixed fruit and stir in.
- Knead on a lightly floured surface for five minutes.
- Work into a ball and cover in an oiled bowl.
- Set aside in the sun or under a light for 45 mins until it doubles in size
- Break into twelve balls and place touching each other on a baking pan.
- Rest for another fifteen minutes in your warm place to rise again.
- Mix the self raising flour and a tbsp water into a paste and pipe over buns into a cross.
- Bake at 160 degrees for. 25 minutes or until hollow sounding when tapped.
- Mix warm jam with a little water and use to glaze the buns.
I used an extra half a cup of fruit to the original recipe, and also accidentally added the quarter cup of self raising flour to the initial dough. But it all worked out!
As these are freshly made, and don’t have any of the preservatives that you find in the supermarket ones, they go stale after about 2 days. Luckily enough, you can make a dazzling bread and butter pudding out of any left overs you happen to have! Slice, spread with butter and jam and arrange in a baking dish. Then mix together 3 eggs, 300m cream and 3 of something else? I’ll have to ask Mum! But pour that over and bake until gooey deliciousness is in your oven!