Recipe: Hot Cross Buns

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Spicy Buns for a Good Friday Breakfast.


  • 1lb (450g) strong plain flour
  • 1tsp. salt
  • 1tsp. Mixed spice
  • 1tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2oz ( 50g) hard margarine
  • 1 sachet easy blend dried yeast
  • 3oz (75g) sultanas
  • 1oz (25g) chopped mixed peel
  • 2oz (50g) caster sugar
  • 8fl. oz (225ml) milk
  • 1egg, beaten
  • For crosses and glace- 1tbsp flour and 2tbsp sugar
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Sift flour, salt and spices into a large bowl and rub in margarine
    2. Mix in the yeast, sultanas, peel and sugar
    3. Heat milk to hand temp. and whisk into egg before adding to flour mixture
    4. Mix well
    5. Turn dough on to a floured surface and knead for 10 mins or mix in electric mixer with dough hook for 5mins
    6. Divide dough into 12 even pieces of about 3oz (75g) and form into balls
    7. Arrange in a roasting tin leaving space for spreading although they will join up during baking
    8. Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for about one and a half hours till doubled in bulk
    9. To make crosses mix the flour with about one and a half tbsp. Water to make a thick batter
    10. Fill piping bag ( with a round nozzle) and pipe a neat cross on each bun
    11. Bake at 400F, Gas 6, 200C for 25 minutes
    12. Pull away buns, split and serve plain or toasted with butter


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