I hope you all had an amazing Easter with your families and loved ones. To me Easter is like small Christmas and I love everything traditional on this day. This year I tried for the first time to make Hot cross buns, and I was very happy with the result, so was my daughter 🙂 The buns are rather easy to make and if you love baking, try them next time you fancy something traditional- I promise you they are much better than the store bought ones.
For the dough
500 g bread flour
11 g dry yeast
50 g icing sugar
50 g melted butter
200 ml full fat milk
2 eggs plus 1 for glazing
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp mixed spice
100 g dried blueberries
For the cross:
100 g flour
1 tbsp icing sugar
water enough to make a paste
For the sugar syrup
50 g sugar
20 ml water
- Start with the sugar syrup to have enough time to cool down. Mix the sugar and water and boil until the sugar dissolve. Set aside.
- Warm the milk and add the yeast and a pinch of sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes until bubbles start showing on the top.
- Sift the flour and add the blueberries, spices, the yeast mix, two eggs, butter and sugar. Whisk well until it turns into an elastic dough.
- Knead the dough for 5 minutes, cover with clean foil or cotton towel and leave it to rise for 1 and a half hours.
- Once the dough double in size, knead for another minute and then cut into 10-12 small buns. Place each one in a baking tray, cover with cloth towel and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
- Make the cross by mixing the flour, sugar and little water until you get a thick paste. Put the mix into a a piping bag and cut the edge.
- Brush the buns with egg yolk, draw a cross on each bun and bake at 170 for 40 minutes.
- Glaze the buns with sugar syrup immediately after taking them out of the oven.