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Hot cross buns on a pink serviette

Hot cross buns

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Enjoy fresh from the oven and spread with butter. Make these any time of year and simply leave off the pastry cross.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:8
  • Skill level:medium

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Ingredients

  • 250g 8⅞ oz Very strong white bread flour (we use Allinson) Very strong white bread flour
  • 250g 8⅞ oz Very strong wholemeal bread flour (we use Allinson) Very strong wholemeal bread flour
  • 1 1 Easy bake yeast sachet (7g) (we use Allinson)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Mixed spice
  • 1tsp 1tsp Salt
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 250ml 8½ fl oz Milk (whole)
  • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 100g 3½ oz Raisins or sultanas,currants
  • 1 1 Orange zest
  • 1 1 Egg glaze to finish
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Shortcrust pastry to finish

Change Units

The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Put the flour, sugar, spice, yeast and salt into a bowl.

    Ingredients for this step

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Stir in the milk, butter and egg to form a soft dough.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 250ml 8½ fl oz Milk (whole)
    • 50g 1⅞ oz Butter (unsalted)
    • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Mix in the dried fruits of your choice along with the zest of the orange.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 100g 3½ oz Raisins or sultanas,currants
    • 1 1 Orange zest
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Place in a clean bowl and cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove. The dough will double in size, this can take up to an hour.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan, gas mark 6). Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and shape then place on a lightly floured baking tray.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Brush with egg wash and finish the buns with a cross made from the shortcrust pastry.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1 1 Egg glaze to finish
    • 50g 1⅞ oz Shortcrust pastry to finish
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Glaze once more and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.