Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are so easy to make at home once you have a great recipe. Whilst they do take some time to make (never rush the rising process!) they are so fluffy and delicious it's worth it! Like most homemade bread, these are best served fresh on the day of baking. Have one straight from the oven with a little butter. Mmmm delicious!
Contains: Gluten / Dairy / Egg
*Variations: Can be made without Dairy
Preparation Time 2 hours
Cooking Time 40 minutes
Can be frozen
- Bun dough:
- water - 300g
- yeast - 4 tsp, dried
- butter - 60g, softened (*or DF spread, if required)
- bakers flour - 520g
- bread improver - 3 tsp
- salt - 1 tsp
- honey - 45g
- brown sugar - 45g
- egg - 1
- cinnamon - 1 Tbsp, ground, or to taste
- mixed spice - 1 tsp, or to taste
- orange - 1/2 Tbsp, fine, zest (or mixed peel if preferred)
- sultanas - 110g, or raisins, or more to your taste
- self raising flour - 4 Tbsp
- water - 2 Tbsp, you may need more
- water - 60g
- sugar - 40g
- cinnamon - 1 tsp, ground
- Place water (300g) and yeast (4 tsp) into bowl. Program 2 minutes / 37C / Speed 2.
- Add butter (60g), flour (520g), bread improver (3 tsp), salt (1 tsp), honey (45g), sugar (15g), egg (1), cinnamon (1 Tbsp), mixed spice (1 tsp) and zest. Mix on Speed 7 / 5 seconds.
- Program 6 minutes / Closed Lid / Kneading Speed.
- Add sultanas (110g). Closed Lid / Kneading Speed / 30 seconds or until just combined. It will be a slightly sticky dough but workable.
- Place in an oiled bowl and place somewhere warm for one hour or until doubled in size.
- Remove dough from bowl and shape it into 9 even balls and place close together on a baking tray. You may need to oil your hands if the dough it too sticky to work with.
- Again, put it in a warm spot and let it double in size, approximately 30-45 minutes.The longer you leave it the fluffier they will be.
- Preheat oven to 200C.
- Add flour (4 Tbsp) and water (2 Tbsp) into clean bowl. Mix on Speed 4 / 10 seconds until well combined. Add a drizzle of extra water if needed to thin it slightly. Be sure not to thin it too much however.
- Place batter into piping bag or in my case, a ziplock bag with a snipped corner, and pipe a cross on the buns.
- Pop into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your buns. You may need to cook a little longer.
- Add water (60g), sugar (40g) and cinnamon (1 tsp) into clean bowl.
- Program 4 minutes / 100C / Speed 2 or until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove cooked buns from oven and let them sit for 5 minutes. Place onto a cooling rack.
- Carefully brush with the hot sugar syrup. After 5 minutes repeat the sugar syrup again. This will give it an extra shine.