I just never thought I could make Hot Cross Buns but then I found them in our friendly Bread Machine Recipe Book and we got to work. There are a couple of steps but none of them are tricky. The process also takes a while, but yum worth the wait!
So this is what we are aiming for: Hot Cross Buns for breakfast…
With lashings of non (ahem) fattening butter.
Let’s Meet the Players:
- For the buns:
- 3 teaspoons of dried yeast
- pinch of salt
- 450 g white bread flour
- 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar
- 6 Tablespoons of butter
- 3 teaspoons of all spice
- 1 Tablespoon of orange rind
- 1 egg
- 200 ml water
- 3/4 of a cup of sultanas
- For the crosses:
- 1/2 a cup of white bread flour
- 2 Tablespoons of oil
- water as necessary, a dash or a dash and a bit
- For the glaze:
- 3 Tablespoons of milk
- 3 Tablespoons of castor sugar
Let’s Play the Game:
Step 1: You need to get a head start on the ingredients, a call for orange rind means you need a zester. Our Zester is 4, he is well trained and also calls himself the Celebrity Chef. Good luck in finding your own one, this one isn’t for hire.
Step 2: Gather your ingredients and begin by placing your sultanas into the raisin dispenser.
And then add all your other ingredients into the bread pan.
Step 3: Let your machine mix up a basic raisin dough.
When its done turn it out into a greased bowl.
Cover it and leave it to double in size for about half an hour.
Step 4: Divide your mixture into twelve and roll them into buns and place on a greased baking tray.
Cover them and leave them to rise for half an hour.
Step 5: While your buns are rising you need to make the crosses. Mix 1/2 a cup of flour, 2 Tablespoons of oil together. Add a dash of water, as necessary, to make a stiff paste.
The idea is that you pop your paste into a piping bag or a ziplock with the corner off and march along your rolls making crosses. What actually happened is our bag kept breaking open so I rolled out little strips and made crosses. Lots of help was offered here – I knew there was a reason for having so many kids! Two crosses each and the buns were ready to bake.
Step 6: Bake in pre-warmed oven at 200 degrees Celsius (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 20 minutes. A skewer should come out clean… and your house will smell like heaven!
Step 7: While your buns are baking make a glaze with three Tablespoons of milk and three Tablespoons of castor sugar. Boil these together until you have a syrup.
When they come out of the oven brush your buns with the glaze.
And you are done…
That’s it. These were really really good, worth the wait… and I think they are about to appear on our daily menu for the next two weeks! And I will certainly think twice before buying some at the local supermarket!!!