Hot cross buns

    40 min

    These hot cross buns are prepared in a bread machine but baked in the oven for a nicer finish. The egg yolk wash gives these a golden, glossy top. The icing is simply made from sugar and milk.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 175ml warm water (45 C)
    • 50g butter
    • 1 tablespoon dried milk powder
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 3/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg white
    • 375g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
    • 100g dried currants
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • For the icing
    • 50g icing sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 dessertspoon semi skimmed milk

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Put warm water, butter, milk powder, caster sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour and yeast in bread machine and start on dough program.
    2. When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave in machine till doubled.
    3. Punch down on floured surface, cover and let rest 10 minutes.
    4. Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 22x33cm (9x12 in) tin. Cover and let rise in a warm place till doubled, about 35-40 minutes.
    5. Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on dough balls.
    6. Bake at 190 C / Gas 5 for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
    7. To make crosses: Mix together icing sugar, vanilla and milk. Brush a cross on each cooled bun.

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    Just made these buns today, wonderful. I didn't want to wait to add the sultanas, (not a currant in the house) so they went in with everything else, didn't seem to hurt anything except to maybe make the buns a darker colour. A quick tip to make the icing, put your sugar, milk, and vanilla in a heavy plastic sandwich bag, mix by kneading the bag gently when all the ingredients are mixed well cut a tiny hole in one corner of the bag and squeeze to make the crosses.  -  14 Jul 2008


    Something else. To make the crosses, I made a sweet dough out of an egg white, some icing sugar, plain flour and some vanilla and put it on after brusing the tops with the egg yolk mixture - turned out great! Everyone asked for the recipe!  -  14 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. Since I was short on time, I decided to try this bread machine version over my 'traditional' recipe....and these buns were delicious! They even tasted just like my regular recipe! I did make some changes as my standby recipe was a bit different and you may want to try this too: I added 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1 tsp. each dried lemon and orange peel and 10 tbsp. mixed candied fruit. So good with a cuppa  -  14 Jul 2008