I know Easter is done and dusted, but I woke up this morning and saw a friend of mine had made Hot Cross Buns for Easter, and this started me off with a hunger for Hot Cross Buns, which we don't get here. So, I will be having my Sister-In-Law over for our weekly knit / crochet afternoon today, and I thought I could quickly throw some together, and while I am at it put it together so that those of you out there who want to try these, but haven't, can :-D
So what are the ingredients:
2 Eggs - beaten
1 3/4 cups Raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons of mixed spice (I have a recipe below for mixed spice if you can't get hold of it where you stay)
1/4 cup castor sugar
2 x 7g sachets of dry yeast
3 cups flour1 cup wholewheat flour
Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix (raisins, mixed spice, sugar, salt, yeast, and flour)Melt butter and add milk to this.
Add milk mixture and eggs to dry ingredients.
Mix until it starts to form a dough and then place on a floured surface and knead until smooth.
Place in a bowl and cover. Leave in a warm area for 30 - 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
Knead the dough again, cut into 12 equal pieces and form balls out of these. Place the balls on a tray lined with baking paper, roughly about 2cm apart. Cover with cling wrap and allow to rise again.
Whilst the buns are rising, you will make the flour paste for the crosses.
You need: 1/2 Flour and 4-5 tablespoons of water
Mix together. You want to have a runny, but not watery paste.
Place the paste in a clear plastic bag.
Snip off the corner and draw a cross on each bun. I made a mess of one of the buns on the edge as my bag started to rip, so do make sure your bag is quite stable!
Place in a preheated oven (180 Degrees Celcius) for about 25 minutes or until they are baked.
Whilst the buns are coming to the end of their baking time, start on the glaze.
You will need: 1/3 cup water, 2 tablespoons Castor sugar.Add ingredients into a pan, and bring to a boil whilst stirring. Boil for about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Remove buns from the oven and brush warm glaze over the hot buns.
And there you have it - Hot Cross Buns! Serve warm with coffee, or toasted with some wonderful dripping butter! Enjoy!!
Mixed Spice Recipe
Mix all of the following together an place in a well sealing container:
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp ground pepper
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Until next week!