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Hot Cross Buns

Serves: 16 / Preparation time: 40 / Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Method:

  1. Preparation and cooking time: About 40 minutes to make + about 1 hour and 30 minutes to rise + 15-20 minutes to bake
  2. Put the flour, yeast, salt, mixed spice, cocoa powder, dried fruit, orange zest and chocolate chips into a big bowl.
  3. Add the melted butter, egg, tepid water and milk and mix together to make a dough. Place onto a floured work surface and knead the dough for about 15 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave somewhere warm for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  5. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Divide the dough in 4 and then break each quarter into 4 even-sized pieces to make 16.
  6. Roll each piece into a round ball and place on the tray, about a finger width apart. Cover the tray and leave somewhere warm until the buns have doubled in size.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 190°C/Gas 6. In a small bowl mix together the ingredients for the cross to make a smooth batter. Spoon into a piping bag and then pipe crosses on each bun.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked all the way through and golden on the top.

You will need:

  • 650g strong white bread flour
  • 2 x 7g packets dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 11/2 tbsp mixed spice
  • 11/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 150g mixed dried fruit, e.g. cranberries, currants and sultanas
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 200g milk chocolate chips
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 free range egg
  • 175ml tepid water
  • 175ml tepid semi skimmed milk

For the cross:

  • 50g strong white bread flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 15g unsalted butter, melted
  • 60ml water

Subject to availability

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