Hot Cross Buns are an Easter tradition in the UK. Sweet, spiced fruit buns with golden brown tops decorated with a white cross. They are best eaten toasted with butter and are a real easter treat. Traditionally Hot Cross Buns were reserved for Good Friday, although these days that particular rule is largely ignored and anytime around the Easter is good for eating them.
Making hot cross buns is pretty easy and so here is my family recipe. This is enough for making 12 buns
Hot Cross Buns Ingredients
- 1.3lb strong white flour
- 4oz mixed dried fruit
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1.5 oz unsalted butter
- 3oz sugar
- zest of a lemon
- 1 tsp yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 10fl oz
- 1 tsp honey (for glazing)
Method for making hot cross buns
Preheat your oven to Gas mark 8
Now sieve together the flour, salt and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl (remember we are making enough for 12 buns).
Rub in the butter using your fingertips to make a breadcrumb like consistency. Now mix in the sugar, lemon zest and yeast.
In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients (egg and milk) and then beat in to the flour mixture.
You can now work the mix like bread, kneading in the mixed fruit and keep kneading for just under 10 minutes.
Let the yeast work for an hour, knock back the dough and leave for another half hour. Now make 12 rolls and place them in a buttered baking tray. Cover in a damp cloth and let them rise for another 45 minutes.
2 tbsp of plain flour and an equal ammount of water make a paste for the cross which can be piped on with an icing bag.
Bake the buns for around 10 minutes until pale golden-brown.
Warm the honey in a saucepan and use it to glaze the buns as soon as they come out of the oven. Many people don’t bother to glaze the cross itself to make the decoration more pronounced.