Category: Holiday Bakes

Hot Cross Buns

Makes: 18 Hot Cross Buns
Oven: 180 °C / 350 °F
Preparation Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Baking Time: 20 - 25 minutes
Ingredients:
500 g Cake flour (4 x 250 ml / 4 cups)
5 ml Salt (1 tsp) 
60 ml Sugar (4 tbsp) 
3 ml Mixed spice (½ tsp) 
3 ml Nutmeg (½ tsp)  
5 ml Cinnamon (1 tsp) 
10 g Anchor Instant Yeast (1 packet) 
60 g Margarine 
155 ml Warm milk (½ cup + 2 tbsp) 
1   Large egg, beaten
125 ml Lukewarm water (½ cup)
150 g Dried fruit cake mix (250 ml / 1 cup)
     
Topping:
120 g Cake flour (1 x 250 ml / 1 cup) 
3 ml Salt (½ tsp) 
45 ml Oil (3 tbsp)  
155 ml Milk (½ cup + 2 tbsp)  
    Beaten egg, to brush
    Sugar water, to glaze
Method:
  1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and spices together. Add the Anchor Instant Yeast and mix.
  2. Melt the margarine in the warm milk and cool slightly. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, together with the beaten egg and enough lukewarm water to form soft dough.
  3. Knead the dough well for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover with greased plastic and rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Knock the dough down and work the dried fruit in, whilst kneading. Divide the dough into 18 equal pieces. 
  5. Shape each piece into a bun and place on a greased baking tray. Cover with greased plastic and rise in a warm place, about 25 – 30 minutes.
  6. Mix the flour, salt, oil and milk, for the topping, together until smooth. Mixture should be fairly thin to pipe, but thick enough to hold shape.
  7. Brush the buns with beaten egg and pipe a cross over each bun.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C / 350 °F for 20 – 25 minutes. 
  9. Glaze the buns with sugar water, whilst hot.