Fruity hot cross buns

    1 hour 45 min

    These hot cross buns are flavoured with mixed spice and are packed with dried fruit and candied peel. Brushed with a sugar glaze, nothing tastes better than homemade hot cross buns!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • Buns
    • 28g dried active yeast
    • 55g caster sugar
    • 235ml lukewarm milk, divided
    • 55g cold butter
    • 450g plain flour, sifted
    • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 55g dried fruit
    • 55g chopped candied peel
    • Glaze
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr15min proofing  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Mix yeast and sugar together in bowl; cover with a little lukewarm milk. Allow to sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
    2. Rub cold butter into flour, mixed spice and salt until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add dried fruit and chopped peel; stir remaining milk and yeast mixture into flour mixture and mix well with hands. Knead on a floured board until smooth. Place in a bowl, cover with a clean drying cloth; leave to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 60 minutes.
    3. Knead again and divide into buns. Place on prepared tin and allow to rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
    4. Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas mark 7. Grease and flour a baking tray.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
    6. To make the glaze, combine water and icing sugar; brush over warm buns.

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