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    Hot Cross Buns (No ABM)

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    40 mins

    15 mins

    25 mins

    JustJanS's Note:

    I made these using 3 different recipes (more spice, more fruit, good method). Aussies-I uses Woolworths Select mixed dried fruit but picked out the glace cherries! Prep time doesn't include all the rising and so on. They took 2 hours to make start to finish, but I Face Booked and got dinner ready while they were rising!

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    Flour Paste



    1. 1
      Combine the yeast, sugar and tepid milk in a bowl, cover with cling wrap.
    2. 2
      Stand in a warm place (approx 10 mins) until mixture foams and froths.
    3. 3
      Sift flour and spices into a large bowl.
    4. 4
      Rub in butter using a broad bladed knife then finish with fingertips.
    5. 5
      Toss the fruit through the flour, to coat the fruit.
    6. 6
      Stir in yeast/sugar/milk micture, the lightly beaten egg and mix to a sticky dough.
    7. 7
      Cover with cling wrap and stand in a warm place for 45-60 minutes until dough has doubled in size.
    8. 8
      Grease a square, deep sided cake pan (20-25cm)
    9. 9
      Knock down the dough and gently knead on a lightly floured surface for approximately 5 minutes until dough is smooth and silky.
    10. 10
      1Cut dough in half, knead lightly, cut each half in half again and continue until you have 16 balls of dough.
    11. 11
      1Place balls into greased cooking pan, cover with cling wrap and stand in a warm place for 10-15 minutes until the dough has risen to the top. 4 x 4 balls in each row
    12. 12
      To make the flour paste, combine the flour sugar and water to form a thick paste. Cover with cling wrap, or place into piping bag with medium sized round nozzle attached. I used a zip lock bag with a corner cut out.
    13. 13
      Either pipe or drizzle flour paste into 'cross' shape on top of each bun - keep piping fluid by doing four at a time, first in one direction then rotate the pan and complete the cross.
    14. 14
      Preheat oven to 200DegC
    15. 15
      When buns have risen bake for 20-25 minutes.
    16. 16
      Turn out onto tea towel then place wire rack on top, invert and cool (top side up).
    17. 17
      Mix caster sugar with boiling water and brush generously over each bun while still warm.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 25, 2014


      I liked the amount of fruit in these buns but they weren't as fluffy as I would have liked. I think I would have liked them a bit sweeter, too.

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    • on April 14, 2014


      The instructions were very clear and easy to follow.<br/>These were my first try at Hot Cross Buns and they turned out very well in spite of a few glitches. I used a rectangular Pyrex pan about the same as the recommended size and made 20 buns to fill the space. They were a little cramped so next time I'll use my next biggest pan. <br/>After 16 minutes the tops were very brown so I took them out, flipped them onto a tea towel, onto racks and realized they weren't done! So, with the help of my husband, we flipped them back into the pan and baked for six minutes more, covered with foil to prevent more browning. They still were a bit undercooked but tasted delicious and I'm sure they'll be perfect once toasted.<br/>For the piping I used 5 tablespoons of water instead of 4 and piped out of a ziplock bag.<br/>Kiwi readers: the 400g Pam's fruit cake mix is just right.

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    • on April 08, 2013


      Delicious!<br/>I prepared 16 magnific buns and we ejoyed each of 2 pieces still hot. <br/>The comment was: like warm panettone!<br/>For this recipe I used a mix of candied lemon and orange zest as well as good portions of raisins.<br/>I let them rise on the tray for about 1 hours and baked them later as I was home again.<br/>Thanks a lot for this wonderfuld snack!

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    Nutritional Facts for Hot Cross Buns (No ABM)

    Serving Size: 1 (1599 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 219.3
    Calories from Fat 42
    Total Fat 4.6 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 22.8 mg
    Sodium 44.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 5.6 g
    Protein 5.5 g

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