Hot Cross Buns with Citrus Zest

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Hot Cross Buns with Citrus Zest


PREP TIME: 1 hour 30 minute

COOKING TIME: 30 minutes




For the Dough:

600g plain flour

10ml salt

55g castor sugar

15ml mixed spice

15ml cinnamon

60g butter

15ml dried yeast

375ml warm milk

Zest of 1 orange

1 egg

120g sultanas


For the white paste:

100ml cake flour

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of baking powder

5ml sunflower oil

50ml milk


For the sugar glaze:

65ml granulated sugar

30ml lemon juice

30ml orange juice

Peel of 1 orange

Peel of 1 lemon





For the dough:

In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, fitted with a dough hook, sift the flour, salt, sugar and spices and rub in the butter. Add the dried yeast and mix in well. Warm the milk with the orange zest, beat in the egg. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix on medium speed to form a sticky dough, adding more liquid if necessary. Knead until the dough has come away from the edges of the bowl and a soft, sticky dough has formed.


Place in a greased bowl and cover with a damp tea towel until doubled in size. Grease a Le Creuset 3-ply Stainless Steel 35cm Rectangular Roaster. Knockback the dough and roll out on a floured surface to form a rectangle, sprinkle over the fruit and roll up like a Swiss roll. Weigh out the dough into 20 equal pieces of approximately 60g each. Roll into evenly shaped buns. Place the buns into the roaster, cover with a damp tea towel, and prove until doubled in size. Preheat an oven to 220°C (200°C fan).


To make the white paste:

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Rub in the oil and add enough milk to form a pipping consistency. Place into the piping bag and snip off the end to pipe the crosses onto the buns.


To bake the buns:

Place the hot cross buns on the centre shelf, then turn the temperature down to 200°C (190°fan). After 10 minutes, turn the heat down to 180°C (170° fan) and continue baking until cooked through (15-20 minutes longer). The buns must be well browned and sound hollow when tapped underneath.


For the syrup:

Dissolve the sugar and the water completely in a casserole, add the citrus peel and boil rapidly for 3 minutes to form a syrup.


For the glaze:

Glaze the buns generously with the syrup immediately after coming out of the oven. Allow to cool for ten minutes and turn out of the roaster. Serve hot with butter.

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