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How to Make Hot Cross Buns

What you will need for this recipe: Makes approx 12 buns

500g strong bread flour

60g soft unsalted butter

250mls whole organic milk

3 organic, free range eggs

170g organic sultanas

4 tablespoons mixed spice

40g caster sugar

1 x 7g packet of fast action dried yeast

Large pinch of salt

  • Sieve the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips, making crumbs of sort. Or mix the ingredients in a mixer using the paddle attachment.
  • Add the sachet of yeast, salt and sugar and mix well
  • Then, add the sultanas and the mixed spice to the bowl too and mix it all up
  • Whisk 2 of the eggs in separate bowl and add them along with the milk to the dry mixture making a dough - At this point you can either add the dough to your mixer and knead using the dough hook, or do it by hand. However you decide to knead, by hand you have to get the dough to the point where it turns in something malleable and stretchy.
  • Once kneaded place in a large bowl and cover the bowl with a wet tea-towel. Place in a warm spot for between 2 & 4 hours. Leaving it for a long time creates a dough that is light and fluffy so that the time spent doing this is good time.
  • When the dough has risen, break pieces off and create bun sized balls, placing them on a baking tray with a few centimeters between them all.
  • If you're making plain old breakfast buns all you have to do is give them a quick egg wash with the last egg and bake in the oven at 200c/400f until they are golden brown.
  • If you are adding a cross to them mix the juice of half a lemon with enough sieved royal icing to form soft peaks. Then pipe a cross shape on to the buns when they are cool.
  • Serve with butter, lashing and lashings of butter.

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