Cooking and Baking

Easy Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Easy Hot Cross Bun Recipe

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  • 7g sachet (2 teaspoons) dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat milk, warmed
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 50g butter, chilled, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 teaspoon powdered gelatine

Flour paste

  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

Method

  1. Step 1Grease a 4cm-deep, 18cm x 28cm (base) slice pan. Place yeast, sugar and milk in a bowl. Stir until combined and yeast is dissolved. Cover and set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Step 2Sift flour and mixed spice into a bowl. Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre of flour mixture. Add yeast mixture, 1/4 cup warm water, egg and sultanas. Stir to combine. Cover and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Step 3Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead for 5 to 8 minutes or until smooth. Form into 12 balls. Place balls in prepared pan, 1cm apart. Cover and set aside in a warm place for 45 minutes or until balls double in size.
  4. Step 4Make flour paste: Whisk flour, sugar and 1/4 cup cold water together in a jug. Spoon into a snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner from bag. Pipe crosses onto buns. Bake buns for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  5. Step 5Place 3 teaspoons hot water in a jug. Sprinkle gelatine over water. Stir with a fork until gelatine dissolves. Turn buns onto a wire rack. Brush tops with gelatine mixture. Allow to cool. Serve.

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