Dee S Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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Time: 270 minutes



  1. plain flour
  2. sugar
  3. cinnamon
  4. ground cloves
  5. salt
  6. dried yeast
  7. whole milk
  8. water
  9. butter
  10. egg
  11. raisins
  12. sultana
  13. candied peel
  14. egg yolk
  15. icing sugar
  16. milk
  17. lemon juice


  1. sift 1 cup of the flour into a medium sized bowl
  2. add sugar , cinnamon , ground cloves , salt and yeast
  3. heat milk , butter and water until just warm
  4. pour warm liquid mixture into the flour mixture
  5. beat with an electric mixer until just mixed
  6. increase speed and beat for 2 minutes
  7. now , sift in another cup of flour , and add the egg , and beat for another 2 minutes
  8. sift another 3 cups of the flour into a separate bowl
  9. add 2 cups of this flour to the dough mixture , and mix with a wooden spoon to make a soft dough - one that just comes together enough to come away without sticking too much to the sides and bottom of the bowl
  10. add more of the sifted flour if necessary to bring the dough to the right consistency
  11. sprinkle some of the sifted flour onto a board , turn the dough onto the board and knead for 5 minutes , adding more flour to stop the dough sticking when necessary
  12. mix the dried fruits and candied peel together in a bowl , making sure to pull apart any clumps of raisins which have stuck together
  13. empty the dried fruits onto the board , and knead the bread so that you incorporate the fruits evenly into the dough
  14. knead until smooth and elastic adding more flour if necessary - this may take 10-15 minutes
  15. when the dough is ready , shape it into a ball
  16. grease a large mixing bowl and place the dough into the bowl , turning it over so the ball is greased top and bottom
  17. drape some cling wrap loosely over the top of the bowl , and then cover with a clean cloth
  18. place into a warm place until the dough ball has doubled in size - this will take about 2 hours
  19. punch the dough down , and rest , covered , for 15 minutes
  20. now ,
  21. i find the best way to do this is to cut the dough roughly into 12 portions , and then use a scale to measure out 12 portions of approximately 120g each
  22. if you wish , weigh the dough , then divide the weight by 12 to get exact portion sizes
  23. shape the dough portions into balls
  24. the easiest way to do this is to take a portion of dough in your left hand , keeping your left hand flat
  25. then put the
  26. i like to finish the ball off on the floured board , rubbing it in a circular motion between the board and my cupped right hand with increasing pressure until it is completely smooth
  27. now , make an egg wash by whisking together the egg yolk and two tablespoons of water
  28. using a pastry brush , paint the egg wash evenly over each bun
  29. place the buns onto a greased baking or cookie tray , about 5cm apart
  30. cover the buns loosely with a clean cloth and place the tray in a warm place for about 30 minutes , until the buns have doubled in size
  31. after about 20 minutes resting time , preheat your oven to 180c
  32. before you place the buns in the oven , use the back of a knife to make a 1 / 4" cross in the top of each bun
  33. place tray on the centre shelf of the oven and bake at 180c for 30 minutes or until the buns are lightly browned
  34. in the meantime , prepare the icing by whisking all the icing ingredients together in a small mixing bowl
  35. remove buns from oven and cool slightly on a rack
  36. place a sheet of baking / silicone paper underneath the rack and , using a dessert spoon , drizzle a little of the icing over each warm bun
  37. continue drizzling icing over the buns until they are evenly covered', "when you've used all the icing in the bowl , remove the baking paper from under the rack and squeeze out any icing which has dripped onto it back into the bowl", 'placing another sheet of baking paper under the tray , drizzle the remaining icing over the buns
  38. serve hot cross buns warm , split in two and buttered
  39. iced buns can be reheated in the microwave - about 40 seconds on high for two buns
  40. iced buns can be frozen , thawed , and reheated in the microwave
  41. happy easter !

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