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The Best Hot Cross Buns Recipe Ever

easter Apr 01, 2022

These are amazing and a fun way to spend the afternoon baking with the children you look after to get them into the Easter spirit. 

Ingredients for the buns: 
4 cups plain flour
2 x 7g sachets of dried yeast
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups currants
40g butter
300ml milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Ingredients for the flour paste:
1/2 cup plain flour
4 to 5 tbsp water

Ingredients for the glaze:
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp caster sugar
Butter, to serve

Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt, and currants in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk. Heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to current mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until the dough almost comes together. Use clean hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size.
Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead for 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C or 170˚C fan force.

Make flour paste: Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if the paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of the bag. Pipe flour pastes over the tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.

Make the glaze: Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Serve warm or at room temperature with butter as desired.

We would love to see some photos of your delicious hot cross buns once you have made them. You can send them to [email protected]

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