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Hot Cross Buns 2

Ok so here is the recipe of my latest attempt at Hot Cross Buns. They were a lot lighter and fluffier this time, and a bit richer due to the extra egg and a bit more butter. I also put them in a really warm place near the cooktop where I was cooking dinner so they rose quite well. I think the softer flour helped too.
Hot Cross Buns
Bun dough
700g (4 2/3 cups) soft plain flour*
55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
2 x 8g packets dried yeast
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
120g raisins, soaked^
130g sultanas, soaked^
300ml full cream milk
125g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 eggs, lightly beaten
White paste for cross
50g (1/3 cup) plain flour
55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1. Whisk flour, sugar, yeast, allspice, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sea salt in a bowl until combined. Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan until tepid (about 40C, no more or it will kill the yeast. If it gets hotter than this then leave it until it cools to tepid before adding to dry ingredients. 40C is about body temperature if you don’t have a thermometer). Add eggs to milk mixture, whisk. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture, add milk mixture and stir until roughly combined. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer such as a kitchenaid or kenwood mixer with dough hook attached and mix for 3-4 minutes until a smooth elastic dough forms. Alternatively you can knead by hand for about 10 minutes.
2. Spray a large bowl with oil spray, place dough inside and cover with cling film. Put bowl in a warm place for 40-50 minutes or until at least doubled in size. If the dough is not bulging out at the top leave it longer, this is crucial for a fluffy dough. Knock back dough by punching lightly and knead in sultanas and raisins. Cut dough into 12 equal pieces, roll into balls and place in a greased rectangular baking tray. Cover with cling film and stand in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until doubled in size.
3. For the cross, preheat oven to 220C. Combine flour and 1/4 cup water and stir to a smooth paste. Spoon into a ziplock bag, cut off the tip of one corner and pipe lines down the centre of each row of buns to form crosses. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 200C and bake for another 10 minutes until golden.
4. For glaze, combine sugar and cinnamon with 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes until glaze has thickened. Transfer buns to a wire rack to cool. Brush glaze over hot buns with a pastry brush and leave to cool.
* Soft flour is also called cake or biscuit flour, with a protein content of about 9g/100g flour. It is available at most large Australian supermarkets. Even at smaller retailers you can normally find a plain flour with a gluten content of about 9.5g/100g.
^Place raisins and sultanas in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak 10-15 minutes then drain and squeeze out excess moisture in a clean tea towel.

4 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns 2

  1. Fantastic! I might take some ingredients with me to the UK on Thursday and get my friend (who is an uneducated but interested cook) baking with me 😀

  2. Thanks a lot for doing this and for sharing the method you used. I am actually in the middle of making a batch now. I have combined bits of a few different recipes to make mine but I have heeded all your tips, so fingers crossed they work out nicely. I will post a picture if they do.

  3. Yikes! They turned out more like rock buns. The texture of mine were really cakey, maybe I should mix flours? the other thing is, they smelt yeasty but my yeast didn’t really give the dough a lot of rise. I kept waiting for that stage where you said ‘punch it back’ and there wasn’t all that much to punch at all. I don’t get it, it is 30C here at night. What could it have been? Anyway, the process was quite labour intensive, as I was kneading by hand so I think I will wait till next Easter to give this another try.

  4. Hi Chilli mama,
    It sounds like the yeast was a bit dead or inactive? This does sometimes happen, and if you want to check it next time before you make the dough you can add some of the sugar and a little of the warm milk mixture to the yeast powder, cover and leave for 10 minutes. It should get really bubbly and frothy. If it does then it’s all good, just add to the dry mix with the rest of the liquid. If it doesn’t then it’s a bad batch and you need to try again. How annoying, after all that kneading!

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