Friday, 25 March 2016

Easter baking: hot cross buns

Happy Easter you lovely bunch! Since being home from university I've been thoroughly enjoying baking in a clean (don't even ask about my flat mates idea of a hygienic kitchen) space and having my family around to share the goodies so I don't end up eating absolutely everything. Well. Since it's Good Friday today I couldn't help but get into the Easter spirit and bake some hot cross buns because isn't everyone partial to a little fruity cake, non? They were SUPER easy to do with the only time consuming part being the proving time in which I wished I was cool enough to be on Bake Off and have my own proving drawer. Sigh, a girl can dream. I used a recipe that I found on Pinterest and am currently impatiently waiting for S to get here so we can dig in and eat some! Let me know if you re create the hot cross buns for yourself or if you have any other Easter baking recipes that I should know about, I'm definitely in favour of baking as much as possible this weekend *undoes buttons on skirt*.

For the buns:
500g strong white bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 heaped tsp of mixed spice
50g caster sugar
50g butter, cubed!
200g dried mixed fruit
7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
200ml milk
2 eggs

For the crosses:
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp water
Honey or golden syrup for brushing 

  1. 1: Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the salt, mixed spice and sugar.

    2: Rub in the butter with your fingertips. Stir in the dried fruit, then sprinkle over the yeast and stir in. Gently warm the milk so it is hot, but still cool enough to put your finger in for a couple of seconds. Beat with the eggs, then pour into the dried ingredients.

    3: Using a blunt knife, mix the ingredients to a moist dough, then leave to soak for 5 mins. Take out of the bowl and cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.

    4: Shape the dough into buns on a floured surface. Space apart on a baking sheet, cover loosely with cling film, then leave in a warm place until half again in size. This will take 45 mins-1 hr 15 mins.

    5: When the buns are risen, heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Mix the flour with 2 tbsp water to make a paste. Pipe the paste onto the buns, you can use a plastic food bag and cut a nick in the end or I used a cupcake piping tube!

    6: Bake for 12-15 mins until risen and golden. Trim the excess cross mixture from the buns , then brush all over with honey or golden syrup. 


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