Because it’s Easter and I didn’t know what to do I made hot cross buns for the fam.!
I took the recipe from a Delia Smith book (so the recipe is not mine at all! They turned out really good so I thought I’ll share it with you! I wanted them more “fluffy” like the ones you buy in waitrose but they didn’t. And by the way if you have a recipe that you use let me know!!!
Ingredients (which I double them):
– 50 grams of caster sugar + 1 teaspoon
– 150 ml of hand-hot water
– 1 level tablespoon of dried yeast
– 450 grams of plain flour
– 1 level teaspoon of salt
– 1 rounded teaspoon of mixed spice (I used cinnamon and nutmeg)
– 75 grams of currants + 50 grams of mixed peel (I used only raisins)
– 40-55 ml of warmed milk
– 1 egg, beaten
– 50 grams of melted butter
For the glaze:
– 2 tablespoons of granulates sugar + 2 tablespoons water
So, now I will write the method but I’m not going to write everything in details!
- Stir the teaspooon of caster sugar with the hand-hot water. Sprinkle the yeast and leave it until it becomes frothy.
- Sift the flour, salt, mixed spice into a mixing bowl and add the 50 grams of sugar, the currant and mixed peel.
- Make a well/hole in the centre. Pour the yeast mixture, 40ml of milk, the beaten egg and the melted butter.
- Mix everything with a wooden spoon and finish with your hands.
- Transfer the dough onto a clean surface. Knead it for about 5 minutes. Put it back and leave it to rest for about an hour. It should double the size.
- After 1 hour. Take it out and knead it again.
- Divide the mixture into round portions on greased baking paper. Make a cross with a knife or do a mixture of flour and water. Roll them into thin stripes and make crosses out of them.
- Leave them to rise for about 25 minutes. Pre-heat the oven at 220°C.
- Bake the buns for 15-25 minutes. Untill gold. Meanwhile prepare the glaze.
- Take the buns out and put the galze on straight away.
Hope you enjoy making them and Happy Easter to you all!