GRACIE COOKS HOT CROSS BUNS.
With East just round the corner Gracie wanted to cook something with an Easter theme this week. What’s more perfect that a warm Hot Cross Bun smothered in butter?
You will need:
For the Buns:
300ml full-fat milk
500g Strong Plain Flour
1 tsp salt
75g Caster Sugar
1tbsp olive oil 7g sachet of fact action yeast
1 beaten egg 75g Sultanas
50g Mixed Peel 1tsp Ground Cinnamon
For the Cross:
75g Plain Flour
For the Glaze: 3tbsp Apricot Jam
- To start, bring your mild to the boil and add the 50g butter. Mix Thoroughly – leave to cool.
- Take your 500g of Strong Bread Flour, 1 tbsp Salt, 75g of Caster Sugar and 7g Sachet of fast Action yeast and blend together in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.
- Create a well and pour in your milk/butter mixture and beaten egg.
- With your wooden spoon mix well until it forms a sticky dough.
- Lightly flour your worktop and knead the dough, ensure you fold it back on its self until you have a smooth elastic like dough.
- Leave to prove for 1 hour – if you have an airing cupboard this is ideal. Make sure you lightly oil your mixing bowl to stop the dough sticking.
- Take your dough and add your 75g Sultanas, 50g Mixed Peel and 1tsp of Cinnamon.
- Knead the dough to ensure the fruit is evenly mixed and leave to prove for a further hour.
- Separate the dough into even pieces (12/15) and roll each piece into a ball.
- Place your buns onto baking trays lined with parchment paper. Make sure there is enough space for them to expand.
- Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for a further hour.
- Mix your 75g of Plain Flour with about 5tbsp of tepid water. your aiming to make a thick paste for your crosses.
- Get a piping bag and pipe across your buns, creating a cross on each bun.
- Put your buns into a pre—heated oven (220c) and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- For your glaze, gently heat 3 tbps of apricot jam until its a liquid consistency.
- Brush the warm jam over your buns and leave to cool.
Serve toasted with plenty of butter for the perfect easter treat.