Hot Cross Buns – An Easter Recipe
Along with painted egg shells and LOADS of chocolate, another Easter staple in most native English speaking countries is the hot cross bun. A bread roll sweetened with spices and raisins and marked with a cross on top, toasted and served with butter, they are eaten on Good Friday (Easter Friday) and all through the Easter weekend.
They are fairly easy to make, even for beginner bakers, just take a look at this simple recipe…
- white bread flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of mixed spices (if you can’t find this make your own version with a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg)
- 50g sugar
- 50g butter
- 200g mixed dried fruit (raisins, chopped dried apricots and dates)
- 7g dried yeast
- 200ml milk
- 2 eggs
Lastly, to make the cross over the top of the bun (which symbolises the crucifixion of Jesus) you need…
- 3 tablespoons of plain flour
- Mix the bread flour, salt, mixed spice and sugar in a big bowl.
- Rub the butter into the mixture using your fingers and then stir in the mixed dried fruit and dried yeast.
- Put the milk in the microwave for around 30seconds to warm it, and then whisk the eggs in with the milk before adding this to the bowl. Stir everything together and you have your dough.
- Leave for 5 minutes.
- Take out of the bowl and cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
- Shape the pieces into ‘buns’ and put them onto a baking sheet with space around them ‘to grow’. Cover the tray with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place. They will need between 45 minutes and an hour and a half to rise, they’re ready when they are double their size.
- When the buns are ready put the over on to heat at 200C / gas mark 7.
- Now make the cross. Mix the plain flour with 2 tablespoons of water to make a paste. Use a spoon to draw on the cross.
- Put them in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They’re ready when they turn a nice golden colour.
- When you want to eat one. Slice in half. Toast and then spread with butter. Enjoy with your favourite hot drink
Get them while they’re hot
and eat them by the ton,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.
Have a great Easter break from all at GNP!
Vocabulario de interés
(noun) staple: a basic part
(noun) roll: a round shaped piece of bread around the same size as your hand
(noun) teaspoon: a small spoon used to mix sugar into tea or coffee
(noun) tablespoon: a large spoon, too large to eat with, but used to serve food with
(verb) to whisk: mix ingredients with a fast and light movement
(noun) dough: a thick mixture of flour and water which is put in the oven to make bread / *also, an informal term for money
(noun) paste: thick, wet mixture
(noun) a ton: a lot