Homemade hot cross buns

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns

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Happy Easter Everyone

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

I somehow managed to accrue a lot of holiday hours from work which I am now enjoying over the Easter break.  I have put my extra free time to good use and have spent a large majority of it in the kitchen! As Easter is upon us I have experimented with Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies (YUMMY!)  and something I wasn’t familiar with making, Hot Cross Buns… I made a batch three days ago and they were such a success (they are now all gone!) I made a fresh batch today, partly to replace the ones the chap and I ate, and partly as a Thank you/Easter gift to my family we’re visiting tomorrow.  After the success of the first batch I decided to experiment with the ingredients of the second batch, and I think they are even better …

Homemade hot cross buns

Homemade hot cross buns

Ingredients:
For the buns –
300ml milk
50g butter
500g bread flour
1 tsp salt
75g caster sugar
7g sachet of fast action yeast
1 egg
125g mixed dry fruit
1 orange zest
2 or 3 carrots peeled and greated
2 heaped tsps cinnamon
75g plain flour
Orange juice

For the glaze –
1/4 tsp Mixed spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
65g icing sugar

1) Heat milk and add butter until completely melted and leave to cool.
2) Put flour, salt, sugar and yeast into a bowl (tip: place the salt and yeast on separate sides of the bowl as the salt will limit the effectiveness of the yeast), and make a well in the centre.  Add the egg and the warm butter and milk.  Mix with a wooden spoon and bring together with your hands.
3) On a floured surface knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Place the dough in a lightly buttered bowl and cover with buttered clingfilm.  Leave to prove for 1 hour or until it has double in size.
4) Tip the sultanas, carrots, cinnamon and orange zest into the bowl and knead into the dough.  Cover again and leave for another hour.
5) Divide the dough and on a lightly floured surface roll into smooth balls. Cover and leave to prove for a further hour.
6) Heat the oven to 200C.
7) Put the flour in a bowl and slowly add a mix of water and orange juice to make a paste for the cross.  Once the buns have double in size place the paste into a piping bag (or make your own like I did) and pipe crosses across each of them.
8) Bake for 15 mins
9)Mix icing sugar, mixed spice and cinnamon in a bowl and slowly add orange juice and water until everything is dissolved and brush over the buns when they come out of the oven.
10) ENJOY!

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One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns

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Happy Easter Everyone

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

I somehow managed to accrue a lot of holiday hours from work which I am now enjoying over the Easter break.  I have put my extra free time to good use and have spent a large majority of it in the kitchen! As Easter is upon us I have experimented with Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies (YUMMY!)  and something I wasn’t familiar with making, Hot Cross Buns… I made a batch three days ago and they were such a success (they are now all gone!) I made a fresh batch today, partly to replace the ones the chap and I ate, and partly as a Thank you/Easter gift to my family we’re visiting tomorrow.  After the success of the first batch I decided to experiment with the ingredients of the second batch, and I think they are even better …

Homemade hot cross buns

Homemade hot cross buns

Ingredients:
For the buns –
300ml milk
50g butter
500g bread flour
1 tsp salt
75g caster sugar
7g sachet of fast action yeast
1 egg
125g mixed dry fruit
1 orange zest
2 or 3 carrots peeled and greated
2 heaped tsps cinnamon
75g plain flour
Orange juice

For the glaze –
1/4 tsp Mixed spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
65g icing sugar

1) Heat milk and add butter until completely melted and leave to cool.
2) Put flour, salt, sugar and yeast into a bowl (tip: place the salt and yeast on separate sides of the bowl as the salt will limit the effectiveness of the yeast), and make a well in the centre.  Add the egg and the warm butter and milk.  Mix with a wooden spoon and bring together with your hands.
3) On a floured surface knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Place the dough in a lightly buttered bowl and cover with buttered clingfilm.  Leave to prove for 1 hour or until it has double in size.
4) Tip the sultanas, carrots, cinnamon and orange zest into the bowl and knead into the dough.  Cover again and leave for another hour.
5) Divide the dough and on a lightly floured surface roll into smooth balls. Cover and leave to prove for a further hour.
6) Heat the oven to 200C.
7) Put the flour in a bowl and slowly add a mix of water and orange juice to make a paste for the cross.  Once the buns have double in size place the paste into a piping bag (or make your own like I did) and pipe crosses across each of them.
8) Bake for 15 mins
9)Mix icing sugar, mixed spice and cinnamon in a bowl and slowly add orange juice and water until everything is dissolved and brush over the buns when they come out of the oven.
10) ENJOY!

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