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Hot Cross Buns Recipe     Veg  HT  CD  CBF  135mins


Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten at Easter in the UK. This is a traditional Hot Cross Bun recipe

Makes 12     Hot Vegetarian Dried Fruit Spices Easter

150ml/5fl.oz. Warm Water
1 teasp Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Dried Yeast
450g/1lb Plain Flourt
A Pinch of Salt
1 teasp Mixed Spice
50g/2oz Caster Sugar
75g/3oz Currants
50g/2oz Cut Mixed Peel
60ml/2fl.oz. Warm Milk
1 egg, beaten
50g/2oz Butter, melted
2 level tbsp Granulated Sugar


1. Place the warm water in a bowl, stir in 1 teasp of caster Sugar then sprinkle over the yeast and set aside until frothy.

2. Place the flour, salt, mixed spice, caster sugar, currants and mixed peel in a large mixing bowl, mix thoroughly then make a well in the centre and pour in the frothy yeast mixture, warm milk ,beaten egg and melted butter into the centre. Mix to a dough.

3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and elastic then place back into the bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place to rise for around 1 hour, until doubled in size.

4. Once risen, turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes.

5. Divide the mixture into 12 rounds, place on a floured baking tray, spaced well apart and make a deep cross in the top of each bun with a sharp knife. Cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave to rise for about 30 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6. Once risen, bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown. Turn out onto a wire rack.


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