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honeybee 02-07-2005 10:58 AM

Hot Cross Buns
 
I Love hot cross buns and the only time I see they are available is during Lent. Who else likes hot cross buns?

Do you eat them with margarine for breakfast along with a mug of coffee?
Or any other ideas about eating hot cross buns? I've eaten them with sandwich fillings. I wonder if anyone else does.

middie 02-07-2005 12:16 PM

i cut mine open and put cream cheese in them

Haggis 02-07-2005 05:12 PM

Margarine? Ewww...butter, lots and lots of butter, not the unsalted kind either. With a big glass of ice cold milk, you cant go wrong.

Not bad with a bit of jam either.

Ishbel 02-07-2005 05:20 PM

Although traditionally only available from Holy Week to Easter in the United Kingdom - they now appear all year round in our local supermarkets.

Here's my recipe - I only bother to make them in time for Easter, the rest of the time we buy baker's buns! And it HAS to be butter!

HOT CROSS BUNS
(makes approx 1 doz)

1 lb Strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Mixed Spice
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 oz butter
2 tsp Easy-blend dried yeast
3oz raisins or sultanas
Zest of one lemon (or orange can be used)
2 oz caster sugar
8 fl oz milk
1 large egg
1 Vanilla pod split and the seeds removed (keep the split halves for the glaze)

Crosses
4tbs Flour
4tbs Water

Glaze
2tbs Sugar
4tsp Milk
2 Vanilla pod halves

Sift the flour, salt and spices into a large bowl and rub in the butter.
Mix in the yeast, vanilla seeds,sultanas, zest and sugar.

Warm (don't boil) the milk for two minutes while whisking in the egg, then add to the flour mixture.

Knead this dough on to a floured surface for 10 mins and divide into 12 balls.
Place on a baking tray, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours (till double in size).

Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5.

Crosses
Mix the flour with about 3-4 tablespoons of water to make a thick batter.
Using a piping bag, carefully mark out a cross on each bun.
Bake for 20-30 minutes

Glaze
Heat the milk, vanilla pods and the sugar, until the sugar has dissolved then brush each bun two or three times while it cools on a wire rack.

Split and butter.


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