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Hot Cross Buns

Serves: 16 peopleRecipe course: BreadsTotal time (min.): 160Complexity (1 to 3): 2
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Traditionally spiced fruit buns decorated with pastry crosses, this version has a sticky, sweet apricot jam glaze.



Ingredients 1 
Strong flour  500 grams 
Unsalted butter  60 grams 
Mixed spice  3 Tbsp. 
Ingredients 2 
Dried yeast  7 grams 
Caster sugar  40 grams 
Salt  1/2 tsp.
Ingredients 3 
Whole milk  250 ml warm
Eggs  2 beaten
Candied citrus peel  75 grams 
Sultanas  175 grams 
Ingredients 4 
Plain flour  50 grams 
Water  1/2 tsp. 
Ingredients 5 
Apricot jam  2 Tbsp. 
Water 1 tsp.


Prep. (Before you begin) 
1- Cut the butter into cubes and leave at room temperature to soften.
2- Coarsely chop the cirtus peel.

Getting started

 Fit the K beater to the machine.
Stage 1 
1- Add Ingredients 1 (flour, butter, mixed spice) into the Mixer bowl.
2- Attach the Mixer bowl to the machine and fit the splash guard. 
3- Mix on speed 4 for 1 minute or until coarse crumbs form.
Stage 2 
1- Add Ingredients 2 (yeast, sugar, salt) into the Mixer bowl.
2- Mix on speed 4 for 30 seconds. 
Stage 3 
 1- Remove the K beater and fit the Spiral dough tool.
 2- Add Ingredients 3 (milk, eggs, citrus peel, sultanas) into the Mixer bowl.
 3- Mix on speed 2 for 5 minutes. 
 4- Cover with a tea towel.
 5- Leave to prove for 1 hour. 
 6- Carefully transfer the dough from the Mixer bowl to a lightly floured worksurface.
 7- Carefully flatten the dough with your wrist.
 8- Take the far edge of the dough and roll it back towards you.
 9- Gently roll the dough into a sausage shape, applying even and gentle pressure.
10- Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces.
11- Cover with a tea towel.
12- Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
13- Take one piece of dough, place it under the palm of your hand.
14- Gently apply a little pressure and rotate your hand slowly, bringing your fingers inward, to make a roll shape.
15- Repeat this action with the rest of the dough pieces.
16- Place the dough onto a floured baking tray.
17- Cover with a tea towel.
18- Leave to prove for 1 hour.
Stage 4 
1- Pre heat the oven to 200ºC.
2- Add Ingredients 4 (flour, water) to a small bowl. 
3- Transfer the contents of the small bowl into the piping bag.
4- Pipe a cross on the top of each bun.
5- Bake for 20 minutes at 200ºC.
Stage 5 
1- Add Ingredients 5 (jam, water) to a small bowl.
2- Whilst the buns are still hot, use a pastry brush to glaze the buns with the jam. 
3- Leave to cool on a wire rack.
4- Serve.

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