Here’s the traditional Hot Cross Bun Recipe I made yesterday. Apologies for my laziness on this one but I’m just going to link you to the instructions for this recipe. It’s a Taste.com.au recipe and you can find it here. The photos are still helpful to see how yours should look throughout the stages but I know it’s not ideal!
The only changes I made was to omit the floury crosses added before baking (I find them tough and tasteless) and replaced them with either no crosses or the icing crosses after they’ve cooled. I also used an egg wash on them before baking (rather than anything sweet). I also scored them with a sharp knife in a cross shape to give me a guide for my Frosting Crosses but this extra step didn’t work out as planned so it’s totally up to you how you ‘dress’ yours.
I do apologise for not doing a proper post of these, I might head back and edit it with a step-by-step when I get a chance. I’m a little swamped with the kids all home for Easter Holidays so time is a little limited (eek!).
- 1 and 1/2 cups (375ml) of Warm Milk (if you can hold your finger in it for a count of 5 comfortably then you’re fine)
- 2 teaspoons (7g or 1 sachet) of Easy/Quick Dried Yeast
- 1/4 cup of Caster (Super-Fine) Sugar
- 1/4 cup of Butter, melted
- 1 egg, whisked
- 4 cups of Plain Strong Bread Flour
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 3 teaspoons of Mixed Spice
(If you don’t have Mixed Spice in your area you can use Pumpkin Pie Spice OR mix: 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/4 tsp of ground allspice, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves)
- 1 and 1/2 cups of Dried Fruit (traditionally: Sultanas, Raisins, Currants and Mixed Peel OR add something like dried blueberries of dried cranberries for something a bit different)
For Egg Wash:
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 2 Tablespoons of Tap Water
For the Frosting Crosses (to be applied after they’re baked and cooled):
- 1 cup (heaped) of Icing (Confectioners) sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1-2 dessert spoons of milk (or water)
Head over to the Original Recipe for Instructions or just check out my pretty, pretty buns and thank your lucky stars you can buy them from the grocery store and don’t have to knead the heck out of dough (hooray!).