Easter is also synonymous with hot cross buns the one we have often heard as a nursery rhyme.Hot cross buns were hung by bakers in front of their doors a practise that they felt ensured the rising of the dough for the whole next year.It is also said that when they gift these buns to their friends and loved ones they will remain thick friends for life.To me they are mouthfuls of delicious goodness - warm, sweet and almost comforting with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.I had made some at my home and instead of glazing them with crosses which I found difficult to do without a piping nozzle I ended up by slathering the whole buns in the delicious icing.I made them with wholemeal flour and they were perfect.Hope you will try out this recipe I have adapted from Friday
Ingredients for Hot cross Buns
- 500gms cake flour(you can substitute 250 gms with wholemeal flour)
- 2 tsp allspice
- 1tsp cinnamon ground
- 1/2tsp nutmeg
- a pinch of salt
- 10 gms instant yeast sachet
- 50 gms demerara sugar
- 100gms butter
- 100 gms sultanas
- 200ml warm milk,plus 1 tbs extra
For the iced crosses: 35gms icing sugar plus 1 tspmilk
Sift the flour,allspice,cinnamon,nutmeg and salt in a bowl then add in instant yeast and sugar.Rub butter into the mixture until it attains a crumbly texture then add the sultanas.Stir in milk to from dough.Transfer toa floured surface and work it until soft and pliable.Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade, place dough in a large bowl and allow to stand 30 minutes or till it has doubled in size.Once again knock the dough down and
divide into 12 balls.place them slightly touching each other in a square cake tin and allow them to stand an additional 20 minutes.Bake approcximately 30 minutes or adjust the time till they turn golden in color.Glaze the buns by heating the sugar and water mentioned under glaze till about two minutes and then applying it on the buns that have been removed from the oven and let the glazed buns cool down.
Mix the icing sugar and milk place it ina piping bag and pipe crosses or swirls for a change or simply apply it all over the buns like I did with my batch above.These are sure to bring smiles onto your little ones faces.On the flip side you will jealous neighbours quipping about the divine aroma that emanates from your home.Go on make them!
Note: The use of whole meal flour gives them a denser texture and you need to bake them for an additional amount of time which you need to adjust according to your oven but the rule of thumb is a golden brown color and well done buns.