Thursday, April 5, 2012

hot cross buns

i made hot cross buns for the first time this year. they weren't something i had placed on my "to do" list, but they were made because i had to...
determined that they were to be successful, i perused a number of recipes and even procured recipes from my friends for good measure. this is the recipe i settled on, and having shared the buns with nearly thirty strangers the first time i made them, with many coming up to me declaring how good they were, i feel confident in sharing this recipe with you.

360 grams milk
60 grams butter
2 teaspoons dried yeast
2 teaspoons bread improver
1 teaspoon sea salt
60 grams raw sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
600 grams strong bakers' flour
100 grams sultanas
20 grams mixed peel
80 grams currants

this recipe makes about 40 mini hot cross buns, or about 12 regular sized ones...instructions are for the mini ones because they are so cute!

line the base of two lamington tins with baking paper and set aside.

place the milk, butter, yeast, bread improver, salt, sugar and spices in the thermomix bowl and heat at 37°C for 2 minutes on speed 1.

add the flour to the warm milk mixture. mix for 6 secs on speed 5.

knead on interval speed for 1 minute. add the dried fruit and knead for another minute on interval speed.

tip the dough out onto your a lightly floured surface and give it a light knead to further incorporate the fruit. divide the dough into 40 golf ball sized portions and place them into the prepared lamington tins. cover the tins loosely with a clean tea towel and let rise somewhere warm until doubled in size, approx 40 mins. Preheat oven 200°C.

once the buns have risen, pipe the crosses with the following paste:

1/4 cup plain flour
scant 1/4 cup water

place the flour into a small bowl and mix with enough water to make a thick batter. transfer into a small zip lock bag, snip a tiny corner off the bag and pipe the crosses onto the buns.
bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.

once the buns are baked, brush with a glaze made with 1/4 cup raw sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water to achieve a glossy appearance. serve warm if possible - you want everyone to know what real hot cross buns taste like. these aren't half bad served the next day, but there isn't anything like a fresh hot cross bun!