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Hot Cross Buns

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Light and fluffy Hot Cross Buns with delicious spices and raisins. Recipe with step-by-step photos.

Ingredients

For the Hot Cross Buns

For the crosses

For the glaze

Instructions

  1. Combine the milk, butter, orange zest, cardamom pods and cloves in a small saucepan and gently heat until the butter has melted.
  2. Add the brown sugar and stir until it has dissolved.
  3. Add the raisins, and leave the mixture to cool until it is lukewarm (about 37°C or 98°F).
  4. Remove the cardamom pods and cloves.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger and salt.
  6. Slowly mix the butter mixture into the flour mixture.
  7. Add one egg at a time.
  8. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is elastic in texture. If you have an electric stand mixer, you can knead the dough using the dough hook for about 10 minutes on medium speed.
  9. Lightly oil a large bowl.
  10. Place the dough into the bowl, cover with a teatowel, and leave it to prove in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. I like to do this in an oven at 50°C or 120°F.
  11. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it back with your fist to release some of the air, and then gently knead the dough into a ball.
  12. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. I like to weigh the whole dough, divide the weight by 12, and then weigh each portion of dough as I form them.
  13. Roll each portion of dough into a ball and place them on a tray lined with baking paper.
  14. Cover the balls of dough with a teatowel and return the tray to a warm place to prove for 30 minutes or until the balls of dough have slightly risen.
  15. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F). If you have been using the oven to prove the buns, make sure you have taken them out of the oven by this step!
  16. To make the crosses, mix together the flour and water until you have a thick paste.
  17. Fill a small piping bag with the paste, or a small plastic bag and snip off the corner.
  18. Pipe a cross onto each bun. I do this by piping a line horizontally across the buns, and then vertically.
  19. Bake the buns for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden.
  20. Meanwhile, make the glaze by heating the water and sugar together in a small saucepan until it comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved.
  21. Brush the glaze over the buns as soon as you take them out of the oven.
  22. Serve the hot cross buns with a generous spread of butter.

Kitchen Notes

DIFFERENT TYPES OF YEAST
* Please note that there is a difference between instant yeast (also called instant dried yeast or fast-action dried yeast) and dried yeast (also called active dry yeast). If you are not sure what type of yeast you have, please check the packaging for instructions on how to use the yeast.
* With instant yeast, you can add it directly to the flour mixture without having to activate it first.
* If you do not have instant yeast, I would suggest using the same amount of dried yeast. In which case, omit the milk from the first step, and instead warm it separately until it is blood temperature (about 37°C or 98°F). Add the dried yeast to the warm milk and set it aside for about 5 minutes until it is frothy. Add this yeast mixture in step 6 when you are also mixing in the butter mixture. As a guide, please refer to my recipe for Fruit Loaf to see the steps involved in using dried yeast.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOUR
If you do not have strong white bread flour, plain flour (all-purpose flour) also works well in this recipe. The texture will be a little softer and less bread-like, but the difference is otherwise not very noticeable.

DRIED FRUIT
You can also play around with the dried fruit content, or omit it completely for just a plain spiced bun.

STORAGE
Hot Cross Buns are best eaten the day they are made. Any leftover hot cross buns can be stored in the freezer and toasted before serving.

OVEN TEMPERATURES
All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

CONVERSIONS
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.

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