I love Hot Cross Buns. Years ago there was a bakery near my flat that baked the very best Hot Cross Buns, huge, glazed and sticky. I am yet to find anywhere here that sells them, so we decided to try making our own. It is quite a long process but definitely worth it and a nice introduction to bread making for the children.
You will Need
Makes 24 nb. 1 cup = 1/2 pint or 1/2 lb or 230 g (approx.)
3 sachets of yeast
3/4 cup of warm water
1 1/8 cup of warm milk
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 cups of flour (2 of bread flour and 4 of plain/all purpose flour)
1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 1/2 beaten eggs
1 cup icing (powdered) sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp. milk
- Dissolve the yeast in the water and sprinkle in a little sugar
- Melt butter
3. Combine milk, butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon
4. Stir in 1 cup of flour, oats, raisins, egg and dissolved yeast.
5. Keep adding flour until it makes a soft dough. Knead, place in a greased bowl and cover for 1 hour.
6. Press it down then let it rest.
7. Form into balls and add a dough cross. Let them rise uncovered for 45 minutes
8. Glaze with egg white and bake at 400 degrees F/ Gas mark 6 for 10-12 mins
9. When cooled combine the ingredients for the glaze and brush on the top. Leave for 5 minutes.
They were very popular; I may never get away with a shop bought bun again.