Hot Cross Goodies

OOOOOoooooooooooo how I love it when Easter comes and do you know why eh eh eh? It’s all down to those little soft, spiced hot cross buns! I love them and of course the other reason why I like Easter is the Easter eggs, I don’t know what it about Easter egg chocolate that makes it taste so nice but it’s just sooooooooo nice!

So this year I thought I have to make my own batch of hot cross buns and I got really inspired and even more tempted to make my own after watching the Mr-good-old-Paul Hollywood baking program, he’s an amazing at baker oooooo yeh! I know that my hot cross buns wouldn’t be even close to Mr. Hollywood, but I wanted to give it a try. I liked how in this recipe he used an apple, I think with using the apple it would give the buns more moisture. 

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Hot cross goodies
Hot cross buns
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Ingredients
  1. Dough
  2. 300ml - full-fat milk , plus 2 tbsp more
  3. 50g - butter
  4. 500g - strong bread flour
  5. 1tsp - salt
  6. 75g - caster sugar
  7. 1tbsp - sunflower oil
  8. 7g - sachet fast-action or easy-blend yeast
  9. 1 egg - beaten
  10. 75g - sultanas
  11. 50g - mixed peel
  12. zest - 1 orange
  13. 1 apple - peeled, cored and finely chopped
  14. 1tsp - ground cinnamon (I used 1/2 tsp extra)
  15. Cross
  16. 75g - plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  17. Glaze
  18. 3tbsp - apricot jam (I used apricot conserve, thats what I had in)
Instructions
  1. 1. Bring the milk to the boil, then remove from the heat and add the butter. Leave to cool until it reaches hand temperature. Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast (see Tip, below) into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the warm milk and butter mixture, then add the egg. Using a wooden spoon, mix well, then bring everything together with your hands until you have a sticky dough.
  2. 2. Tip on to a lightly floured surface and knead by holding the dough with one hand and stretching it with the heal of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for 5 mins until smooth and elastic. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hr or until doubled in size and a finger pressed into it leaves a dent.
  3. 3. With the dough still in the bowl, tip in the sultanas, mixed peel, orange zest, apple and cinnamon. Knead into the dough, making sure everything is well distributed. Leave to rise for 1 hr more, or until doubled in size, again covered by some well-oiled cling film to stop the dough getting a crust.
  4. 4. Divide the dough into 15 even pieces (about 75g per piece – see Tip below). Roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured work surface. Arrange the buns on one or two baking trays lined with parchment, leaving enough space for the dough to expand.
  5. Cover (but don’t wrap) with more oiled cling film, or a clean tea towel, then set aside to prove for 1 hr more.
  6. 5. Heat oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. Mix the flour with about 5 tbsp water to make the paste for the cross – add the water 1 tbsp at a time, so you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses. Bake for 20 mins on the middle shelf of the oven, until golden brown.
  7. 6. Gently heat the apricot jam to melt, then sieve to get rid of any chunks. While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool.
Notes
  1. Keep an eye on the buns as mine did slightly over cook :(
  2. I also added some mixed spice
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