Hot Cross Buns

Today I woke up feeling slightly ambitious and decided that the kids and I would make hot cross buns.
Hmmm…It was a lengthy process and for a 3 year old all they can do is ask
“Are they ready yet mum”


Hot Cross Buns
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/4 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup dried fruit
1 egg
50 grams melted butter

Mix warm milk with yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
Let sit for 5 minutes somewhere warm until frothy, indicating that the yeast is active.
In a large bowl add the sugar, flour, mixed spice, cinnamon and dried fruit.
Mix until combined.

Make a well in the center and add the melted butter, egg and yeast mixture.
Use a butter knife to mix then tip out onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 8 mins till smooth and elastic. (add more flour or water if the dough is too sticky or dry)
Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic. Allow to rise in a warm place for 45 min or until doubled in size
Take dough out and knead lightly then break into 12 segments of equal size.
Roll them into balls and arrange on a greased baking tray
Allow to rise in a warm place for another 40 mins.
During this time preheat the oven to about 200 degrees and make up a mixture for the
Crosses: mix flour and water till it is a wet paste and pipe over the buns
Glaze mixture: 1/4 cup hot water 3 tablespoons of caster sugar
Bake for 10 mins then turn down oven to 180 degrees and cook for another 20-25 min or until springy to touch
Brush glaze over them as soon as they are out of the oven
Allow to cool and eat! YUM
It may be a long wait, but the aroma of cinnamon and mixed spice throughout the house makes it all worthwhile.
Cathie