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Hot Cross Buns from England

Hot cross buns are spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday. These make a delicious snack to enjoy.
Course Snacks
Cuisine British
By Cook Method Oven
Occasion Easter
By Diet Kid Friendly
Dish Type Eggless Breads
Author Srivalli

Ingredients

For the Buns

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour + 2 tbsp after kneading
  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk Warm
  • 1/4 cup Butter soft at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 pinches Clove powder
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

For the Cross

  • 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Water

Instructions

For the Buns

  • In a wide bowl, take the warm milk, add melted butter, sugar, cinnamon powder, clove, raisins and whisk well.
  • Next, add the flour and the yeast to the warm liquid and combine everything.
  • Knead the dough to a soft pliable consistency.
  • Continue kneading, if you require more flour, add another tablespoon flour or little water. continue kneading. I had to add 2 tbsp flour and water to get the right consistency.
  • Transfer the dough to a counter and knead again to a smooth pliable dough.
  • Place the dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover with a cling wrap. Let it rest for 1 1/2 hrs or till it doubles in volume.
  • Take out the dough, make small balls, I made about 8 balls, place it on a parchment paper or on a buttered tray. I preheated the oven and switched off before placing the dough inside. Let it rise for 45 minutes.

For the Cross

  • Make a smooth paste with all purpose flour, sugar and water for the cross. The consistency should be that it can be piped. Add water as required. Transfer this paste to a piping bag and pipe cross on each bun.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C and bake these buns for 20-25 minutes
  • Transfer it to a wire rack and brush them with butter
  • Serve warm.
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