Hot cross buns!

    3 hours

    One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns ... I love that rhyme! I started making these because I love baking and I like how they look! Very easy to do at home and they taste one hundred times better than the ones in the shops. Anybody can do this.


    Lancashire, England, UK
    2 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 450g bread flour
    • 25g fresh yeast or 7 grams dried
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 100g sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 85g unsalted butter
    • 170g dried fruits ...or just sultanas, soaked a little bit (before...I usually soak them in rum)
    • 215ml milk (or maybe a little bit more if the mix is too dry)
    • 1 extra egg yolk, for glazing

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr40min  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. If using fresh yeast , first just add 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tbs flour, 3 tbs lukewarm milk, stiring together and making a paste. Leave to rise for 10 min.
    2. If using dried yeast just add on top of the flour after all ingredients are added. I've done the dough into a bread machine, hand baking basically the same. pics will show exactlly how i worked.
    3. Add in bread machine milk, butter melted before, salt , sugar, some vanillia sugar which is very good, flour and yeast on starting just in dough menu, because we want just to knead, not to bake inside. Before ready to knead add your dried favourite fruits an let to work for a bit. All this takes 1h.30 min. This is program for dough
    4. Afterwards, take out the dough on your work surface make a nice roll, and cut in 8 equal balls. Roll out nicelly and put into your baking sheet brushed with some melted butter before, this will stop sticking your buns. cut as well in each one a cross shape
    5. Let rise 50 min.
    6. Oven preheated 220 degrees.
    7. After buns are ready risen, brush with egg yolk. Make the cross: 4 tbs plain flour + 2 drops of veg oil + enough water to make a nice paste. In a cross shape just add a bit of your paste to do the model.
    8. Put in oven for 15-20 min until they nice golden brown. Enjoy with a cup of tea , or warm milk, or just simple they gorgeous!

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    Made it healthier. add standard amount in all ingredients  -  11 May 2009


    Ok, but turned out quite hard.  -  01 Aug 2014