Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter sweet. In this recipe, I will tell you how to make them.
You will need the following:
50g of caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of ground allspice
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
11/2 tsp dried yeast
1 egg beaten
275ml whole milk
4oz of raisins
1oz mixed peel
1.] Place the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter so it resembles breadcrumbs. Then stir in the caster sugar, spices and the yeast. Add the egg and the milk and mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and bring the mixture together to form a soft dough.
2.] Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth. Work in the raisins and mixed peel. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with clingfilm and set aside in a warm place for an approximately half an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
3.] Tip the dough onto the work surface and knead well to knock the air out,then divide into 12 equal pieces.Dust your hands with some flour and with your hands cupped and fingers open take each piece of dough and rotate your hands in a circular motion,pressing down on the dough to create a neat ball. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
4.] Place the buns onto 2 oiled baking trays,lightly cover with clingfilm and once again set aside in a warm draught free place to rise for half an hour. Preheat the oven to 200C gas mark 6.
5.] To make the cross, place the flour and water into a bowl and mix well to create a smooth wet paste. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag, snip off the end and carefully pipe a cross on the top of the buns. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
6.]Meanwhile, to make the glaze,place the milk and sugar into a small pan and heat gently to dissolve the sugar.Increase the temperature and boil for 2-3 minutes.Remove the buns from the oven and brush with the glaze move the buns to a wire rack and leave to cool before serving.
I hope this recipe helps you when you next make hot cross buns.