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Spiced Hot Cross Buns with Orange & Cinnamon Glaze

Serves:

Duration:

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

Batter:

  • 7g sachet of easy blend dried yeast
  • 1 dessertspoon light brown sugar
  • 4oz/110g strong baker’s flour
  • 9floz/250ml warm milk
Dough:
  • 10oz/300g strong baker’s flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2oz/50g butter
  • 2oz/50g brown sugar
  • 7oz/200g sultanas
  • 2 egg yolks missed with 1 tablespoon water
Orange & Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 3oz/75g caster sugar
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 100ml water

Dough:

Preheat to oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5

Make the batter first by mixing all ingredients together, transfer to a bowl and cover down with some cling film and leave to rise for approx 30 minute until the mixture has bubbled up.

Meanwhile sieve the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.

Add in the orange zest and butter and rub the small amount of butter into the dry ingredients. Sugar ad dried fruit can be incorporated at this stage also.

Pour the batter in on top of the dry ingredients and add in the two egg yolks for added richness. Mix until all of the ingredients have come together.

Transfer the mixture onto a floured work surface and kneed for 4-5 minutes until the mixture has come together.

Divide the dough into 9 balls and place them side by side on a flat baking sheet (A little room between each as they will spread) and cover them with a dry cloth. Leave to rise for approximately an hour in a warm environment.

When the rolls have risen dramatically blend some additional flour with some water and pipe a cross on top of each.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Orange & Cinnamon Glaze:

Bring all ingredients to the boil for 3-4 minutes until a thick syrup has been achieved.

Brush the top of the buns with this boiling syrup.

Ingredients

Batter:

  • 7g sachet of easy blend dried yeast
  • 1 dessertspoon light brown sugar
  • 4oz/110g strong baker’s flour
  • 9floz/250ml warm milk
Dough:
  • 10oz/300g strong baker’s flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2oz/50g butter
  • 2oz/50g brown sugar
  • 7oz/200g sultanas
  • 2 egg yolks missed with 1 tablespoon water
Orange & Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 3oz/75g caster sugar
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 100ml water

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