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11 hot cross buns on a wire rack straight from the oven with a golden syrup glaze Tried & Tested

Orange and cranberry hot cross buns

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Make these mini orange and cranberry hot cross buns packed with cranberries and orange and serve while still warm and spread with butter.  Delicious!

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  • Serves:12
  • Skill level:medium

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Ingredients

For the buns

  • 600g 21¼ oz Very strong white bread flour (we like Allinson) Very strong white bread flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Salt
  • 2tsp 2tsp Mixed spice
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Butter chilled, plus extra to grease the bowl.
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 1tsp 1tsp Orange extract (we like Nielsen-Massey) Orange extract
  • 1 1 Orange(s) zest only
  • 1 1 Easy bake yeast sachet (7g)
  • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 275ml 9⅜ fl oz Milk tepid
  • 125g 4½ oz Cranberries (dried)

For the topping

  • 2tbsp 2tbsp Plain white flour (we like Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 2tsp 2tsp Water cold
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Golden syrup (we like Silver Spoon)

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  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Sieve the flour, salt and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, using your fingertips.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 600g 21¼ oz Very strong white bread flour (we like Allinson) Very strong white bread flour
    • 1tsp 1tsp Salt
    • 2tsp 2tsp Mixed spice
    • 50g 1⅞ oz Butter chilled, plus extra to grease the bowl.
  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the sugar, orange zest and yeast.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 50g 1⅞ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 1 1 Orange(s) zest only
    • 1 1 Easy bake yeast sachet (7g)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Stir in the, orange blossom water, egg and milk. Mix the mixture into soft dough – this might be easier to do using your hands rather than a wooden spoon.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Orange blossom water
    • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 275ml 9⅜ fl oz Milk tepid
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Carefully work in the cranberries. Knead lightly by pushing away the dough with the heel of one hand, gather up with the other hand, and then knead again. Knead for about 10 minutes or until you can pull a strand and it bounces back like elastic.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 125g 4½ oz Cranberries (dried)
  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Grease a large, warm mixing bowl with butter. Shape the dough into a ball and place it into the prepared bowl, then cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for one hour to prove until the mixture doubles in size.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    After an hour, remove the dough from the bowl and knead gently for 6-8 minutes. Return to the bowl and cover and leave to rise for a further 20 minutes.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, and then flatten slightly into a bun shape using the palms of your hands.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Put the buns on a floured baking tray. Wrap it loosely in greaseproof paper and place inside a large plastic bag. Tie the end of the bag so it is airtight. Leave in a warm place for 40 minutes.

  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (fan 170°C, gas mark 5). Mix the flour with cold water to create a paste. When the buns have raised remove from the bag and pipe a cross shape onto each bun.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 2tbsp 2tbsp Plain white flour (we like Allinson) Plain white flour
    • 2tsp 2tsp Water cold
  10. Classic mode Step 10

    Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the buns are golden-brown. Check they are cooked through by tapping the bottom. It should sound hollow.

  11. Classic mode Step 11

    As soon as you remove the buns from the oven, brush them with the hot golden syrup, and then set aside to cool on a wire rack.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1tbsp 1tbsp Golden syrup (we like Silver Spoon)