Hot cross buns are the perfect Easter treat. Try this tasty recipe below; they are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
- 4 cups plain flour
- 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
- ¼ cup caster sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons mixed spice
- pinch of salt
- 1 ½ cups currants
- 40g butter
- 300ml milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 4 to 5 tablespoons water
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
Step 1 Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk. Heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to currant mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Use clean hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough.
Step 2 Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, dry place for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until dough doubles in size.
Step 3 Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead for 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, dry place for 30 minutes or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°C fan-forced.
Step 4 Make flour paste: Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.
Step 5 Make glaze: Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes: These buns are best eaten on the day they are made. Otherwise freeze for up to 7 days.
For other tasty treats try our Cherry Ripe ice cream slice!