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Easter Hot Cross Buns


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ teaspoon of dried yeast or 1 cube (25g) fresh yeast
  • 4 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 200 g flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 25 g sugar
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 teasponn cinnamon
  • lemon zest
  • 25 g sultanas or candied fruit or chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 beaten egg

For the icing

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and add a teaspoon of sugar.
  2. In a bowl mix together the flour, salt and sugar.
  3. Add the butter and work it a bit with your fingertips together with the flour.
  4. Add the cinnamon, lemon zest, optional sultanas, candied fruit, or chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Add the yeast previously dissolved in water and the egg and mix well.
  6. Knead the dough with your hands and then let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
  7. After the hour, punch the dough down and work it again for a few minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Divide it into 8 parts that you will shape into balls.
  8. Lay the buns on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Cover and let rest in a warm place for additional 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  10. Before baking, carve a cross on the surface with a knife.
  11. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  12. For the frosting: combine milk, water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Once ready, brush the warm glaze on the buns when they’re just out of the oven.

Notes

If you want to make a pastry cross on the buns, instead of just a simple cut with the knife, mix some flour, sugar and water into a smooth thick paste that you will pipe on the buns to form a cross before you put them in the oven.

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