Hot Cross Buns…
Heading closer to Easter and while bakeries and supermarkets have been selling hot cross buns since the 26th December, I’m not complaining, it’s probably the only time I really eat bread…and the chocolate chip ones are a little bit amazing…did I mention I have a weak spot for chocolate 🙂
So considering cooking with children, anything that encourages children to work together, be creative thinkers, build on their literacy & numeracy skills, can only be beneficial for their development, cognition, and social and emotional well-being…if they can get their hands dirty…that’s a considerable bonus!!
Here is a very simple recipe for making Hot Cross Buns.
- 27 g sachet Dry Yeast (or 30g fresh yeast)
- 300 ml Milk, warmed
- 4 cups Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 90 g Butter, chopped
- 1 ½ cups Mixed Dried Fruit
- 1/4 cup Caster Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 4–5 tbsp Water
- 1/2 cup Plain Flour
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Mixed Spice
Warm 300ml milk, add sachet of dried yeast. Stir and leave in a warm place for 5 minutes until mixture is foamy.
Let 90g of butter soften.
In a mixing bowl add 4 cups of plain flour.
Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Add softened butter and rub togteher with fingertips.
Add 1 1/2 cups of dried fruit. I added cranberries and mixed dried peel.
Add 1/4 cup caster sugar. Stir mixture together.
To the milk mixture, add 1 egg and whisk. Add to the flour mixture.
Combine mixture and knead, knead, knead.
Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and leave in a warm place to double in size.
Dough will have doubled in size. Preheat oven to 220C.
Punch dough with your fist.
Separate the dough into 16 pieces. Add to a greased tray. Placing close together.
Mix 1/2 cup plain flour with 4-5 tablespoons of water. Mix to create a paste.
You can use a piping bag, but I used a teaspoon. I call this the rustic look 🙂
Put into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Reduce oven to 200C and bake for further 10 minutes.
To make glaze, simmer 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of mixed spice.
Brush over hot buns.
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