Warm Hot Cross Buns straight out of the oven with a lavish smothering of melting butter, YUM!, that is what I look forward to at Easter
Its getting close to Easter time again and the supermarkets have had Hot Cross Buns on the shelves for a few weeks now.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with store brought, but there is just something about making your own that really appeals to me.
If you have a bread maker then these Hot Cross Buns are SO SIMPLE and you can tailor the flavors to suit your own tastes and control what actually goes into them.
In our house we really love our Hot Cross Buns with LOTS of spice flavor hence the quantity of spice, feel free to adjust, but I have to say, I made at least five batches before being happy with the amount of spice.
It is not overwhelming and seems to get a little lost in the dough. I cannot imagine how some recipes that only called for a teaspoon or two of spices would even taste like a good Hot Cross Bun!!
1 cup of finely chopped pitted prunes (sprinkle a little flour over prunes and mix to stop them sticking together
2 tablespoons of powdered glucose or sugar
3 1/4 cups High Grade Flour
2 Tablespoons of ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of ground mixed spice
3 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast
1/4 Cup of plain flour
2 Tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 Cup of powdered glucose or icing sugar
2-4 tablespoons of water
Place all ingredients into the pan of your bread Maker in the order listed above
Select "Dough" setting on your Bread Maker and press start
Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper
Once your dough is ready, remove and shape into 12 balls and place into your lined tray
Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes
Preheat your oven to 180 C/356 F
While your dough is resting, mix the "crosses" ingredients together until smooth and slightly pourable (add the water a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached, you want the mixture to hold its shape once piped)
Once your dough has rested for 30 minutes pipe on the crosses using a piping bag or bottle
Place in a preheated oven for around 20 minutes or until golden
While the buns are cooking, combine the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until the mix turns clear, stirring frequently - remove from heat
When the Hot Cross Buns are ready remove from oven and spoon or brush over the glaze
Please note the total time does not include the bread maker time as ever brand is different, mine takes about 1 hour