Happy Easter (or for those of you who don’t celebrate, Happy Sunday)!
It’s tradition in my family to eat Hot Cross buns on Holy Thursday, but we’re not particularly specific on when we should stop eating them (should we ever stop eating Hot Cross buns?). This year, I decided to try my hand at making homemade Hot Cross buns. As I’ve mentioned before, when I actually cook anything I love sharing it with others, so here’s the recipe if you’re feeling adventurous!
First, start by mixing your dry ingredients (yeast, sugar, ginger, cinnamon and 3/4 cup of your flour into a large bowl. Next, heat milk and butter until lukewarm and slowly add it to your dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat your egg and add in the vanilla essence before finally adding that to the mixture as well. Mix another 3/4 cup flour and stir in the raisins and peel.
When all of the ingredients have been mixed in, beat in the remaining flour until everything is mixed in. You will have to knead the dough if you don’t have a bread maker.
Do this until dough is soft, and then leave it to rise until double. This should take around 45 minutes, but times may vary depending on the temperature of your house.
Once the dough has risen, punch it down until dough is soft and break it into pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball and place them on a greased pan (I was able to make 13). Next, cover them down and allow them to rise again. I know, the waiting never seems to end! To speed up the process ever so slightly, I turned on the oven to the lowest setting for two minutes to heat and placed the baking tray in there while the buns rose. TURN OFF THE OVEN BEFORE PUTTING THE BUNS IN. This time, it only took about 30 minutes. Any little bit helps, right?
Once the buns have risen and are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F and bake for 15-18 minutes. Now comes the fun part! While the buns are baking, make a brown sugar glaze. I mixed half a cup of water with three tablespoons of sugar on the stovetop to make the glaze and allowed it to cool and thicken (my glaze came out rather watery, so I’d suggest using your own recipe if you have one; patience isn’t anyone in my family’s strong suit, so we decided to use this one).
While the buns are still warm, brush on the glaze using a pastry brush and leave to dry. Meanwhile, mix icing sugar, water and vanilla essence together until desired thickness is achieved. Place icing in an icing bag and pipe a cross on each bun. That’s it!
I may have had one or two the moment they were done. So did my mom… and my sister. Clearly, we didn’t do too badly our first time making hot cross buns. Mmmm.
Hot Cross Buns
1/3 cup sugar
1 pk. instant yeast
1/3 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cups of milk
1/8 tsp. ginger
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup mixed peel (optional)
1/3 cup margarine
1/4 cup raisins (cut up)
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/8 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup water
Have a wonderful day! Do you have any traditions for Easter?
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