Hot X Buns by Thoughtful Bakery

Hot Cross Buns

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  • Recipe difficulty: Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • 4 of 5
  • Preparation time: 
  • Cooking time: 
  • Serves: Up to 10 people
  • Recipe course: Accompaniment

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Easter isn't complete without a plate full of hot cross buns still warm from the oven to share with family and friends. 
Follow this easy recipe and enjoy the best Hot X Buns you will ever eat, ever.


Hot Cross Buns by Thoughtful Bakery

(Makes 10 buns)

For the Hot X Bun paste:
  • 100g of white flour (plain or strong white/bread making flour, either will do)
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 80ml of milk
For the Hot X Buns:

  • 500g of strong white or bread making flour
  • 150ml of milk
  • 90ml of water
  • 75g of softened, unsalted butter
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 15g of fresh yeast (or 7g of dried yeast)
  • 5g of fine sea salt
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg to eggwash before baking 
  • 175g of mincemeat
(Yes, mincemeat! We deliberately hold some of our homemade mincemeat back ready for Easter. It's perfect as it contains all the fruit, spice and richness you need. If you don't have any, then substitute for 150g of mixed dried fruit of your choice, 10g of mixed spice and the zest and juice of 1 orange)


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For the paste:

(The paste is best made before the dough and left to rest)

Put the milk into your mixer followed by the flour and the sugar and using the creaming beater attachment mix on speed 2 until it forms a paste of the consistency of a thick custard.

Scrape out into a piping bag and leave to rest whilst you make your dough. 


For the dough:
Pour the milk and water into the mixing bowl, crack in the egg and add the yeast. Next tip in the flour followed by the sugar, salt and finally the mincemeat.
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Note: do not add the butter yet.
Mix using the dough hook for 2 mins on speed 1 until the dough has started coming together. 

Slowly add the butter in, a knob at a time and let it incorporate before you add the next. This should take a couple of minutes.

Continue mixing for another 4 minutes and when your dough is ready it should have formed a ball of dough that clings to the dough hook and most of your mixing bowl should be clean. 


Scrape your dough out of the bowl and put into a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel or plastic bag and leave to prove at room temperature for about an hour until the dough has nearly doubled in size. 

Tip the dough out onto your worksurface (no flour required) and divide into 10 pieces. Shape into rolls and place on a baking tray on a piece of baking parchment. Leave to prove again for an hour. 


Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius at this stage so it is ready to bake

Brush the buns with egg wash, and then pipe crosses onto each. 

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Bake for approximately 12-15mins until golden.
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool.


Top tips:

- Line up your buns on the tray so that it is easier to pipe the crosses onto them.
- If you like your hot cross buns to have a nice sticky shine to them, brush them with a little jam let down with some water whilst still warm from the oven.
- If you do follow our secret recipe and use mincemeat, the fruit may end up breaking down into the dough as it is mixed, a handful (30g) of dried fruit added near the end of the mixing will ensure that there is visible, whole fruit in the hot x buns.


Competition - Make these and share them on Instagram or Facebook along with the hashtag #kenwoodworld before 30th March 2017 and you coudl WIN two spaces on a Thoughtful Bread Company Cookery School Course! Head over to our Facebook page to find out more. UK Only - Click here for T&Cs.


Thoughtful Bakery

Thoughtful Bakery is an award-winning artisan bakery, bakery school and cafe based in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath.

Known for it's strong environmental and ethical approach, the bakery is the brainchild of Duncan Glendinning, who is an ambassador for the Real Bread Campaign, a World Bread Awards judge, co-author of "Bread Revolution" and most recently star of Victorian Bakers on the BBC.

The bakery run regular bakery workshops in their purpose-built bakery school as well as opening tues-sunday selling lots of bakery goods and food from their bakery-led menu to eat in or take away.

Click here to find out more about the The Thoughtful Bread Company on their website. 

recipe created using a Kmix stand mixer.

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