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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Mum's Hot Cross Buns

I have not had Hot cross buns for 4 years & I miss them every Easter. For me it sums up what happened on Good Friday (in remembrance). It's about the bread of life.  Its the same as the Easter Egg sums up new life on Easter Sunday! Here in Bulgaria we can buy Kolache or Kozunac, Easter bread, but it is really nothing like a hot cross bun :-(
I wish I had spoken up before, because my mum gave me her recipe over the phone & I made them straight away! When my husband came home from work he was well impressed :-)
So for all those who miss the taste of Easter try them, it's worth it.
3 tsp Dried yeast
600g Plain flour
75g Caster sugar
250ml Milk
1-2 tsp Mixed spice
1-2 tsp Cinnamon
1tsp Salt
80g Butter
160g Sultanas
2 tbsp Mixed peel
1 med Egg, beaten

Flour paste
35g Plain flour
2 tsp Sugar
3 tbsp Water

1tsp Caster sugar

In a bowl add together the yeast, 1 tbsp of the sugar & whisk until the yeast has dissolved. Cover the bowl & place in a warm area for 10mins or so till it is frothy.
In a clean bowl sift the flour, spices, salt& rub in the butter till you get fine breadcrumb consistency. Stir in the rest of the sugar, fruit, yeast mixture, egg & 80ml of warm water, enough to make a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured top & knead hard till it is smooth & elastic, aprox 10 mins.
Return to the bowl & cover with some oiled cling film/plastic wrap & place in a warm area for 1 hour till the dough has doubled in size.
Knead well again on a floured surface for a couple of mins.
Cut into 20 pieces & roll into balls. Flatten slightly & place in a circle, on a greased oven tray, almost touching. Cover with the cling film again & stand in a warm place for 20 mins or so until again doubled in size. Pre heated oven 220c (200c fan)

Make the flour paste by sifting the flour into a bowl add the sugar & a little of the water at a time, gradually till you get a smooth paste. Put this into a pipping bag & pipe on the crosses
Bake in the oven for 15 mins until nicely browned & when you tap the bottom they sound hollow.

Make the glaze by Adding the water to the sugar & slowly over a low heat dissolve the sugar.
Paint over the tops of the buns while still hot, cool on a wire rack, or just smother in butter & eat while hot lol.

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