Hot cross bun recipe Who else adores hot cross buns??? I love them so much I c…

Hot cross bun recipe

Who else adores hot cross buns??? I love them so much I can even just eat them on their own. For these I used a recipe but upped the amount of fruit as I like a lot of sultanas in mine. If you aren’t a dried fruit fan, you could use this recipe and change the fruit for chocolate chips or caramel chunks too! Save and recreate – the perfect weekend baking recipe ️

You will need:
300ml full fat milk
50g butter
500g white bread flour
1tsp salt
75g caster sugar
7g sachet fast action yeast
1 beaten egg
150g sultanas
75g mixed peel
Zest 1 orange
1 apple, peeled and chopped into small cubes
2tsp ground cinnamon
75g plain flour
3tbsp apricot jam

Method:
1. Boil the milk then remove from the heat and add add butter. Cool to room temperature. While it’s cooking, add the bread flour, salt, yeast to a bowl and mix. Make a well in the centre and add the milk mixture and the egg. Mix together with a wooden spoon until it’s bought together.
2. Knead on a floured or oiled surface for 5 mins (or in a mixer) until smooth. Cover and leave covered to rest in a warm place for 1 hour.
3. Add the sultanas, mixed peel, cinnamon, apple and orange zest to the dough and mix through. Leave to rest in a warm place for another hour covered.
4. Split into 15-16 pieces and roll each piece into a smooth ball, I find using oiled hands and an oiled surface easiest for this. Place in a baking tray a couple of inches apart, cover and leave to rest in a warm place for one more hour.
5. Heat your oven to 200 degrees. Mix 75g flour with 4-5tbsp water, one at a time until a paste is formed. Pipe crosses onto the buns – tip: get a freezer bag, fill it with the paste then cut the corner off and you have a make shift piping bag!
6. Bake for 18-20 mins or until golden. Whilst they are cooking, heat the jam until runny, remove any lumps. When you remove the buns from the oven brush each one with a tiny bit of jam. Leave to cool for 20 mins or so before you can eat! I serve mine toasted with a bit of butter.

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