Glazed hot cross buns
- 4 cups (600g) plain flour
- 2 tsp dry yeast
- 1/3 cup (60g) brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- pinch of ground cardamom and ground coriander
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (250ml) milk, lukewarm
- 2 tbsp orange marmalade, chopped
- 40g unsalted butter, softened
- 250g sultanas/raisins/currants
- 30g mixed peel
- plain flour
- icing sugar
- 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
- 1/4 cup (60ml) water
Mix flour, yeast, sugar, spices and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk eggs, milk and marmalade together and pour into the flour mixture to form a sticky dough.
Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until elastic. Add softened butter and knead for a further 5 minutes until smooth.
Fold in fruit and peel and knead for further 3 minutes.
Form the dough into a ball, put it in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Place it in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until dough has doubled in size. Then turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
Form into a loaf and use a knife to cut the loaf into 12 buns – in half lengthways, then six loaves each (see video).
Line a shallow baking dish with baking paper and put your hot cross buns onto it, ready for the oven.
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
To make the crosses, mix the flour, icing sugar and water into a thick paste.
Pour paste into a resealabe bag and snip off one of the corners to create a piping bag.
Pipe crosses on buns and bake for 15-20 mins. Turn out on wire rack.
To create glaze, bring the sugar and water to the boil until it is a clear syrup and then take it off the heat.
Apply glaze with a pastry brush while the buns are still hot.
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- Not only do these look like the real deal, but they were really fun to make with the kids.
- This recipe makes a dozen good sized buns – 6 to eat straightaway and 6 for the fridge or freezer.
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia, for creating the instructional video.
- This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.