Yes, More Easter Baking from me. Here is my very first attempt at "Hot Cross Buns".
There was no "mixed spice" in my cupboard as Mary Berry suggested to use.
So, I just made up my own "mixed spice" with what I had in the cupboard.
I also found out I had run out of plain flower to make the "cross" decoration. So, instead, I used icing to make the cross.
Result? Surprisingly, the smell of "hot cross buns" came from the oven.
Obviously, these are not text book Hot Cross Buns, but I'm a happy bunny. :)
- 250g strong white flour
- 20g caster sugar
- 7g easy-action yeast
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 50g unsalted butter softened or low-fat spread
- 80ml milk
- zest of 1 orange
- 50g sultanas
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- a pinch of ground coriander
- Put all the ingredients, apart from the sultanas, in a bowl and mix together with an electric whisk with dough hooks for about 5 minutes until the dough becomes a ball. If the dough struggles to come together add 10ml more milk to make it very sticky.
- Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the dough in a warm place until it doubles in size.
- Knock down the air and mix in the sultanas and orange zest with your hands with some oil.
- Shape the dough and place it in the baking tray and bake in a preheated oven (140c fan) for 10 minutes.
- Turn down the temperature of the oven to 120c and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Take the bread from the oven and cool for a few minutes. Then brush with syrup (some sugar and water). Decorate with icing.