Hot Cross Buns an Easter Treat associated with Good Friday.  They are sweet and sticky made with dried fruit and very good good toasted.

IngredientsHot Cross Buns
For the Buns

500g strong white bread flour
½ tsp salt
2 heaped tsp mixed spice
50g caster sugar
50g butter , chopped into cubes
200g mixed dried fruits
7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
200ml milk
2 eggs

For the Glaze
3 tbsp plain flour
honey or golden syrup, for brushing

Method

Sieve the flour into a bowl and stir in the salt, mixed spice and sugar

Rub in the butter with your fingertips. Stir in the dried fruit, then sprinkle over the yeast and stir in.

Gently warm the milk so it is hot, but still cool enough to put your finger in for a couple of seconds. Beat with the eggs, then pour into the bowl with the dried ingredients

Mix the ingredients to a moist dough, then leave to soak for 5 mins. Take out of the bowl and cut the dough into 8 equal pieces

On a floured surface hape the dough into buns. Space these apart on a baking sheet, cover loosely with cling film or a clean tea towel, then leave in a warm place to rise until half again in size. This will take 45 mins-1 hr 15 mins, depending on the room temperature

When the buns are risen, heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Mix the flour with 2 tbsp water to make a paste. Pour into a plastic food bag and make a nick in one of the corners. Pipe a cross on top of each bun.

Bake them for 12-15 mins until risen and golden. Trim the excess cross mixture from the buns , then brush all over with honey or golden syrup. The buns will keep fresh for a day. After that they are best toasted and served with butter.

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