Pull-apart hot cross buns

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    Infused with cardamom, these taste as wonderful as they smell. These buns are requested by family and friends every Easter and they are easy to make in your bread machine!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 (7g) sachet dried active baking yeast
    • 60ml water
    • 525g plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 300ml lukewarm milk
    • 125g butter, melted
    • 1 egg
    • 40g sultanas (optional)
    • 40g dried cherries (optional)
    • 40g dried cranberries (optional)
    • 300g icing sugar
    • 60ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let stand until dissolved, about 5 minutes. Place the flour, salt, sugar, cardamom, 300ml of milk, butter and egg into the bread machine. Pour the yeast mixture on top. Close the lid and set the machine for the Dough setting. If using sultanas, dried cherries or dried cranberries, add them at the beep.
    2. When the dough has finished, divide into 12 portions and shape into balls. Place them into a greased 22x33cm (9x13 in) baking dish. Cover with clingfilm and set aside to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Remove the clingfilm from the buns. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
    4. Make icing by whisking together the icing sugar, 60ml of milk and almond extract until smooth. When the buns are cool, drizzle icing over them in a cross shape.

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    I see I'm not the 1st to experience a sloppy mix. There is far too much liquid in this recipe. I left out the milk, used warm water and fast action yeast (as its a bread maker), and a with a large egg this made a good dough. Using 300mls of milk makes a runny mixture.  -  28 Mar 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. omit the milk, warm the water, use fast action yeast added straight to the mix as its a bread maker. This makes a dough and not the sloppy mix the we are experiencing  -  28 Mar 2011


    I made this recipe exactly as described but end up with a sloppy mix that could not be shaped in any way. I had to cook it in muffin tins. Tastes OK, but not hot cross buns.  -  20 Feb 2011