Mar 23, 2008

HOT CROSS BUNS FOR EASTER

Hot Cross Buns are sweet, spiced and moist with currents in them. They are really delicious especially if you warm them slightly and served them in a dollop of butter.

These buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. With Easter just around the corner, these buns have become a favourite among kids and is so popular that bakers bake them with many variants, with Chocolate among the favourites.

In case you are wondering how to make them, I also have a recipe which was passed on by my aunt and is usually baked on Good Friday and more on Easter Sunday.

500g wholemeal flour
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tbsp active dried yeast
150ml lukewarm milk
60ml hand-hot water
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp fine salt
60g light brown sugar
30g currants
30g mixed peel
60g butter, melted
1 egg, beaten

Mixed 125g of the flour with the caster sugar
Sprinkle the mixture over the yeast in a large mixing bowl
Stir in milk and water
Leave this mixture for 20-30 minutes in a warm place, untill it becomes frothy

Meanwhile, mix remaining flour with mixed spice, salt. Add brown sugar, currents and mixed peel. Stir the melted butter and beaten egg into the frothy yeast mixture. Fold in flour mixture and mix them to a smooth dough.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into about 12 pcs and shape them into buns with a flat top. Create two crosses slashed to form a cross each. Set them on the greased baking pan and let it rise for about 30 minutes in a warm place. Once they have risen to about double in size, you can bake them in the oven at 190% for 15 minutes or untill it turns golden at the top.

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Mummy to QiQi said...

hi, thanks for dropping by my site. nice cooking tips from your blog. we can share cooking/baking tips later on.

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