Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hot Cross Buns - Easter Special

Easter is almost upon us!!!  I thought I'd get in early with a recipe I really really want all of you to try!!  After all, what is Easter without yummy hot crossed buns!  Especially home made!

You can see this live recipe on Cocina de Mama's YouTube channel.

Hot Crossed Buns


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 30g compressed yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 60g butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of gelatine
  • 1 tablespoon of hot water.

Cream yeast with 1 teaspoon each of the sugar and flour, add lukewarm milk, mix well.  Cover and stand in warm place for 10-15mins or until the mixture is frothy.  Sift flour, salt, sugar and spices; rub in butter, add beaten egg, sultanas and yeast mixture and beat well.

Cover bowl with a cloth and stand in a warm place until the mixture doubles.  Punch dough down and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead well until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Cut the dough into 3 equal pieces, then cut each piece into 5 making 15 in all.

Knead each into a round shape.  Put buns into a lightly greased 18cm x 28cm  rectangular tin.  Leave to rest in a warm place until the dough reaches the top of the tin.

Sift 1/2 cup plain flour, mix to paste with 1/3 cup of water.  Fill into a piping bag.  Pipe crosses on each bun.  Bake in a hot oven for 15-20mins.  Remove from the oven and immediately brush with glaze made by dissolving 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of gelatine in 1 tablespoon of hot water.

Cool buns on a rack and devour with lashings of butter!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

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