Fruity Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp dried instant yeast
  • 500g plain flour
  • 90g sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 300 ml milk
  • 60g butter
  • large egg
  • 140g  sultanas (or a mix of currants, sultanas and raisins)
  • 30g mixed peel (optional)

Crosses

  • 2 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cold water

Glaze

  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 150 ml boiling water

Method

Proving time: 2 hours

Sift together yeast, flour, sugar, salt and spices to evenly distribute.

In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk over a low temperature and melt the butter into it.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg.

Add the milk and butter mixture to the flour and mix thoroughly. Add the egg and mix well to form a dough.

Work in the dried fruit and peel.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until it feels smooth and is no longer sticky. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to prove for 1hour or until doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and then separate it into 12 equal portions.

Place the buns close together on a lightly greased baking tray. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size and very light.

Preheat oven to 220°C. To make the crosses, mix the flour and water thoroughly to form a thick paste. Spoon into a zip-lock bag, cut a little hole out of the corner of the bag and use it to pipe the mixture in crosses on top of the buns.

Bake the topped buns for 15–20 minutes.

To make the glaze, mix together all ingredients, dissolving the sugar in the boiling water. Brush glaze over the buns lightly while still hot.