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Hot Cross Buns
A recipe from my brother.. the pastry chef.

Hot Cross Buns
Yield = 12no

Dough -
450g Plain flour
110g Castor sugar
20g Fresh yeast
280ml Warm milk
115g Butter
230g Mixed dried fruits (Sultanas, currants and raisins)
Pinch of salt
½ tsp Ground mixed spice
½ tsp Ground nutmeg
½ tsp Ground cinnamon

80g Plain flour
100ml Water
20g Castor Sugar
15g Butter
Egg Wash (for basting)

200ml Water
300g Castor sugar
½ Vanilla pod, split and seeds removed
3no Cloves
1no Cinnamon stick
1no Zest of orange
1no Zest of lemon

For the dough: Mix all ingredients, without the fruit. Allow to rest for 20 minutes (it will be slightly wet).
Add the dried fruit and mix in thoroughly. Allow to rest for 1 hour.
Divide it into 60g portions and shape into buns.

For the cross: Mix all the ingredients until a paste is formed. Place into a piping bag and ‘pipe’ the cross over the shaped buns. Brush with an egg wash and rest for 5 minutes.

For the glaze: Boil all ingredients together and reduce until ‘pouring’ consistency (it should coat the back of a spoon). Remove from direct heat. Strain the liquid into a saucepan and keep warm.
Cook the buns in a pre-heated oven on 180c for 20minutes, until lightly coloured.
Remove and apply the glaze liberally over the buns.
Allow to cool on a cake rack.

Serve plain, buttered or toasted, with a great cup of coffee and a hungry belly!
Many thanks. My wife has been looking for a good recipe for some time as we cannot get hot cross buns over here.
Thanks, Cheffie! We can't get them here either. :thx:

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