Hot Cross Buns…

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 27 g sachet Dry Yeast (or 30g fresh yeast)
  • 300 ml Milk, warmed
  •  cups Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 90 g Butter, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups Mixed Dried Fruit
  • 1/4 cup Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg

Crosses:

  • 4–5 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 cup Plain Flour

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice

Method:

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Warm 300ml milk, add sachet of dried yeast. Stir and leave in a warm place for 5 minutes until mixture is foamy.

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Let 90g of butter soften.

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In a mixing bowl add 4 cups of plain flour.

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Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

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Add softened butter and rub togteher with fingertips.

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Add 1 1/2 cups of dried fruit. I added cranberries and mixed dried peel.

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Add 1/4 cup caster sugar. Stir mixture together.

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To the milk mixture, add 1 egg and whisk. Add to the flour mixture.

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Combine mixture and knead, knead, knead.

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Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and leave in a warm place to double in size.

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Dough will have doubled in size. Preheat oven to 220C.

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Punch dough with your fist.

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Separate the dough into 16 pieces. Add to a greased tray. Placing close together.

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Mix 1/2 cup plain flour with 4-5 tablespoons of water. Mix to create a paste.

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You can use a piping bag, but I used a teaspoon. I call this the rustic look 🙂

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Put into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

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Reduce oven to 200C and bake for further 10 minutes.

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To make glaze, simmer 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of mixed spice.

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Brush over hot buns.

 

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