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Quick hot cross buns

A little taste of Easter complimented by the combination of mixed fruits and cinnamon.

Shopping list (serves 8):

  • 500g white bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 50 grams butter
  • 200 grams mixed dried fruits
  • 1 teaspoon dried yeast
  • 200 ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour

Honey or golden syrup for brushing

Method:

  1. Pour flour into a large bowl and stir in salt, mixed spice and sugar. Rub in butter with your fingertips.
  2. Stir in dried fruit and sprinkle over yeast and stir in.
  3. Gently warm the mill and add to mixture.
  4. Eat the eggs and add to mixture.
  5. Using a blunt knife, mix the ingredients to a moist dough. Set aside for 5 mins.
  6. Take the dough out of the bowl and cut into 8 equal pieces.
  7. Shape the dough into round buns on a floured surface.
  8. Place on a lined baking tray and cover loosely with cling film. Leave in a warm place until the dough rises half in size.
  9. Preheat oven to 220C
  10. Mix the flour water to make a paste. Pour into a plastic food bag and make a nick in one of the corners. Pipe crosses on top of each bun.
  11. Bake for 12-15 mins or until risen and golden. Remove from oven.
  12. Brush all over with honey or golden syrup.

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