Easy Hot Cross Buns to make this weekend!

While you are spending some time at home this Easter weekend why not bake some fresh hot cross buns for the weekend? Here’s what you need!

For the buns:                                                                                                                              

  • 1 Cup warm milk                                             
  • 2 Packets Active Dry Yeast                                     
  • 125 ml Sugar                                                   
  • 80 ml Melted Butter / Margarine   
  • 2 Large Eggs                                        
  • 750 Grams  all purpose Flour          
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract                               
  • 1 tsp. Salt                 
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  •  ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  •  ½ cup of Raisins 

 For the glaze:

  • 250ml Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk 
  • ½ tsp. Lemon juice
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, yeast, and a pinch of sugar, let it sit for 15-20 minutes and only stir the mixture once the yeast starts foaming.
  2. Whisk 1 egg yolk, butter and vanilla into the yeast mixture and in another bowl mix the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the yeast mixture, stir the mixture well until it thickens and add the raisins.
  4. Through a handful of flour on a surface to knead the dough until it is soft and elastic for about 10 minutes.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, cover it with a cloth and let it sit for about an hour and a half until the dough rises to double the size.
  6. When the dough is ready, form into 12 small equal sized pieces and place it onto a greased baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about  another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  7. Beat the remaining egg and brush the top of the buns with the egg wash. Whisk the icing sugar, milk and lemon juice together to make the glaze. Fill a piping bag or resealable plastic bag with the glaze, cut a small hole in the bag in order to draw the crosses on the buns.
  8. Bake the hot cross buns in the oven for 22 – 25 minutes until golden brown.

Serve warm with a scoop of butter, honey, jam, cheese or even ice cream and you’ve got the perfect treat to share with the family!

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