Monday, 2 April 2007

Bunnies, Chocolate and...

The bun is a very personal thing when it comes to the level of spiciness and the choice fruits. I'm rather fond of a bun heavy on the spice but without currants or peel. I prefer plumper fruit and am enjoying the caramel effect of sticky dates right now. This is a recipe that lends itself to alterations so please feel free to substitute and add as you wish. As willing as I am to veer away from the original, please keep those choc chip monstrosities away from me!

Hot cross buns

2/3 cup sugar
7g sachet dry yeast
3/4 cups warm milk
1 1/3 cups plain flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ginger
1/3 cup softened butter
1 egg
1/3 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup sultanas

1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp powdered gelatine
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp extract (vanilla or lemon)

Add the yeast to the warmed milk and combine. Rest covered in a warm place for 15 minutes. While it is resting, in a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, spices and sugar. Stir in the softened butter then add the egg. If your eggs are particularly large you may want to only add half an egg to avoid a too sticky mixture.

Add the milk and dried fruits and combine to form a dough. Cover and rest in a warm place for 1 hour. Pre-heat the oven to 210C/410F and have a cup of tea while you wait for the dough to double in size.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface. It will be quite sticky but don't fear! Kneed it for 5 minutes until elastic. Divide into 8 even pieces and roll into balls. Place balls on a tray lined with greased baking paper. Rest covered for 15 minutes while you prepare the paste.

Pipe crosses onto buns with a piping bag and bake for 15-20 minutes.

While baking warm the glaze mixture in a small pan on the stove top. Stir constantly over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Then take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Brush warm buns with glaze and allow to cool on rack if you have that sort of self restraint!

Makes 8


Cindy said...

Lookin' good! I just tried making hot cross buns for the first time on the weekend and it was definitely worth the time.

Brilynn said...

I haven't had one yet this season, I need to make some of my own!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I've never made hot cross buns - these look delicious! I love the golden color!

Rose said...

I love buns for breakfast and yours look so good. I have to try your recipe.

Anh said...

Yummy! I plan to make hot cross buns, too but I have been rather lazy. :D

Truffle said...

Thanks Cindy. I loved yours!

Brilynn- definitely do. They make a perfect breakfast toasted with lashings of butter :)

Patricia- they're surprisingly easy to make but disappear far too quickly!

Thanks so much Rose. I agree they're a great start to the day.

Thanks Anh. I'm sure yours will turn out beautifully!

Helene said...

I mde a batch last night with another recipe. But these look great so I might try your recipe for the next batch.

Truffle said...

Thanks so much Helene and thanks for reading :)

Shella said...

The blogger community has really inspired me to do bake. Your buns looks worth the efforts.