How to Make Hot Cross Buns

Here is a perfectly baked hot cross buns that you can enjoy with butter and jam.

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Ingredients

  • Flour 500 gm
  • Caster sugar 2 oz (4 tbsp)
  • Dried yeast powder 1 tbsp
  • Egg 1
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp
  • Orange peel chopped 1 tbsp
  • Currants or raisins 3 oz
  • Butter melted and cooled 2 oz
  • Warm milk 1/2 cup
  • Warm water 1/4 cup
  • Oil to grease
  • Shortcrust pastry 2 oz

For Glaze

  • Water 2 tbsp
  • Caster sugar 2 tbsp

Method

  1. Sift flour, sugar, yeast, egg, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, currants, melted and cooled butter, warm milk and water in a bowl. Kneed to a soft, smooth and elastic dough.
  2. Put dough in an oiled bowl to rise in a warm place till doubled for an hour.
  3. Punch down the dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead till smooth.
  4. Divide dough into 12-15 portions and shape into balls.
  5. Arrange the buns on one or two baking trays lined with parchment, leaving enough space for the dough to expand and put on a tray.
  6. Roll out the shortcrust pastry and cut in thick strips and place on top of the bun in a cross shape. Secure with a little water.
  7. Cover with oiled cling and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  8. Bake at 220 degrees C for 15 minutes or till risen and brown.
  9. Let cool on wire rack and make a sugar glaze by melting sugar in water and then brush over buns. Serve warm with butter and jam.

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