Hot cross buns

179

PREP TIME

25 min

TOTAL TIME

2 hrs 50 min

Serves

12

Hot cross buns

Photo, Erik Putz.

These buns are packed with fruit and sweet spices and marked with a cross to reflect the crucifixion. They were banned from sale in Elizabethan England on any day except Good Friday because they are so indulgent.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raisins , (205 g)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour , divided (375 g)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar , (50 g)
  • 1 tbsp orange zest , (optional)
  • 8 g quick-rise yeast , (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon , (2 g)
  • 1 tsp salt , (6 g)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup warm milk , (125 g)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter , melted (30 g)
  • 1 egg , at room temperature (50 g)

CROSSES

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour , (35 g)
  • 1/4 cup water , (55 g)

GLAZE

  • 1 cup icing sugar , (120 g)
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  • COVER raisins with boiling water in a small bowl. Let stand until plump, 10 min. Drain well and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  • COMBINE 1 cup flour with granulated sugar, yeast, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg and raisins (and orange zest, if desired) in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Beat in 1/3 cup warm water, warm milk, butter and egg. Beat in remaining 1 3/4 cups flour on medium until dough is smooth and pulls cleanly away from the bottom and sides of bowl, 5 to 7 min. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover loosely with a plastic wrap and let rest until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • LINE a baking sheet with parchment. Transfer dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a smooth ball. Transfer to prepared sheet and arrange balls in 3 rows of 4, so they are just touching. Loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let stand until doubled in size, 1 more hour.
  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Stir 1/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup water until smooth. Spoon or pipe a cross over each bun. Bake in centre of oven until golden brown, about 25 min.
  • STIR icing sugar with 2 tbsp water until smooth. Brush evenly over hot buns. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely.

 

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 249,
  • Protein
  • 5 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51 g,
  • Fat
  • 4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 208 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • folate