Saturday, April 03, 2010

Hot Cross Buns

Made Hot Cross Buns yesterday.

Here they are just about to go into the oven.

I used this recipe from the BBC website with a couple of adjustments that I mention below.

Here they are just out of the oven and rather haphazardly glazed with golden syrup (after small pastry brush melting incident involving the microwave).
They are light and fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth.  Nothing like the stodgy rocks you get from the Supermarket or Bakers Delight.  I had No Idea HCBs could be this good.

Recipe Notes
  •  The recipe says to use 1.5 teaspoons of rapid rise yeast, but not having a clue what that is, I used a sachet (7g) of usual supermarket dried yeast which worked just fine.  
  • I used the bread maker to do the kneading and the first round of rising - on the dough cycle. 
  • After the first rise the dough felt quite dense and heavy, so I put the oven on its lowest setting for a few minutes - warming it enough so that I could still touch the inside of the door, and put the dough to rise in there.  This also worked really well and the second rise took about 40mins and so did the third.  
  • For the third rise (when the buns have been bun shaped) the  recipe says to put the buns into an airtight plastic bag - I skipped this and they worked just fine.
  • I put the flour mixture for the crosses into a sandwich bag and snipped off a corner - instead of using a piping bag.  It works fine as long as you don't squeeze too hard.
  • From start to finish it all took about 3 hours - most of which was rising (of course)

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Being Me said...

And here I was, thinking I couldn't possibly EVER eat another single HCB again as long as I live.

Off to dig out my bread maker now...

Anonymous said...

They look delish. Eat one for me. Or two. Or three.

Tracy said...

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Happy Easter,

Anna said...

Mmmm they look fantastic! I was going to attempt to make my own this year, but it all seemed like I would have to have too much patience!
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Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

Well done they look great, I'm afraid it's shop stodge here ;-D