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Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hot Cross Buns are a traditional Good Friday treat! With sweetly spiced aromas wafting from the oven, these buns are worth making from scratch. Serve them warm from the oven with butter and jam. Store a batch in the freezer so you always have a tasty snack to hand. 

Makes: 20
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 x 7g sachet of dried fast-acting yeast
  • 250ml warm milk
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 600g plain flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 80g butter, at room temperature, cubed
  • 150g sultanas
  • 2 tsp mixed peel, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 80ml warm water
For the topping:
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup

  Instructions

  1. Combine the yeast with the milk and one tablespoon of the sugar in a small bowl, stirring until the yeast has dissolved. Cover and leave to stand in a warm place for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift the flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, salt and remaining sugar into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until combined.
  3. Stir in the sultanas, mixed peel and egg until incorporated. Stir in just enough water to bring the mixture together into a soft dough.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a work surface dusted with flour and knead for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Place in a bowl, cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave to rise in a warm spot for about one hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Knock back the dough and divide into about 18-20 balls. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and leave to rise again for about 20 minutes until doubled in size.
  6. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/200˚C fan/gas mark 7. Whisk together the flour and syrup for the topping until smooth. Transfer to a piping bag, or into a plastic bag with a small corner snipped off. Pipe a cross onto the top of each bun.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. Serve warm.

Per Serving 173kcals, 4g fat (2.3g saturated), 29.9g carbs, 5.1g sugars, 4g protein, 1g fibre, 0.153g sodium

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