Easter Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Perfect Easter Hot Cross Buns

Every year I make hot cross buns. I make bread regularly so this should not be a high stress event. But for some reason my crosses have never really work. This year I have found a great recipe. The buns are delicious and they are super easy.

This Good Friday as you remember the day that Jesus died on the cross, make these fabulous fruit an spice buns with your family. Enjoy!

Marked with a cross and ready for the oven

Easter Hot Cross Buns

Makes 16
1 1/4 cups (310ml) milk
3/4 cup caster sugar ( I think you can get away with less)
2 x 7 g sachet of dried yeast
4 1/3 cups plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon  of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ginger and cardamom
1 cup mixed dried fruit ( I used sultanas, substitute cranberries and choc chips)
1 egg, beaten
100g melted butter

It is good to make long lines and not individual crosses

Kneading the dough – it is dark because of all of the wonderful spices. Use whatever you like best!

1. Stir milk and sugar in saucepan over gentle heat until lukewarm. Remove from heat. Add yeast, stir and wait for 10 minutes  or until mixture is foamy.
2. Sift flour and spices. Stir in fruit, yeast mixture, egg and butter, Mix well until dough forms. Knead on floured surface for 5 minutes. Place in oiled bowl and cover with plastic warp. Stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until dough has doubled.
3. Divide dough into 16 pieces and shape into balls. Place in a greased square cake tin. Cover with plastic warp and stand in a warm place for 30 minutes or until the buns have risen to the rim of the tin.
4. Preheat oven to 200 C. Make cross mix with1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cross mixture should be soft and stiff. Place in a piping bag or zip lock bag and snip the end. Pipe the crosses. Bake in hot oven for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 180 c and bake for a further 15-20minutes until golden.
5.Make a sugar syrup with 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Brush hot syrup over buns and serve.