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How to Make Hot Cross Buns!

Stuck for things to do with the kids this weekend? How about making some Hot Cross Buns...

Ingredients

  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 3g salt
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 6g mixed spice
  • 3g nutmeg
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 40g sultanas
  • 25g mixed peel
  • 30g peeled, cored and diced apple
  • 8g fresh yeast (or 4g dried yeast)
  • 140g milk

For the cross

  • 100g flour a pinch of caster sugar a pinch of fine sea salt

The glaze

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 50ml lemon juice
  • 100g water

Method

To make hot cross buns In a bowl place all the dry ingredients. Rub in the butter to form a sandy consistency. Mix together the yeast and milk, add to the dry ingredients and fold till combined.

Turn out your dough on to the work surface and knead your dough, hold onto your dough with one hand and with the other hand stretch and fold your dough for around five minutes until the dough is nice and smooth.

Stretch out your dough into a pizza shape and add your fruit combination in the centre, fold over your dough into a Cornish pasty shape covering your fruit.

Gently start to roll and fold your dough till the fruits are evenly distributed, once distributed place the dough in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave at room temperature for one hour or until doubled in size.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the mixture on a lightly floured surface and cut into 65g pieces. Roll each one into a smooth ball and place on the baking tray, leave plenty of room as they will spread out. Cover with clingfilm and leave to double in size.

While the buns are proving make the cross mixture and the glaze. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and 100g water until you have a smooth paste, pour into a piping bag with a 4mm plain nozzle.

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