Recipe by JustJanS
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!
- 4 1⁄2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1⁄4 cup caster sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm milk, body temp
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon allspice
- 60 g butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 375 g mixed fruit, dried sultanas, raisins currants
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 4 tablespoons hot water
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
Directions See How It's Made
- Combine the yeast, sugar and tepid milk in a bowl, cover with cling wrap.
- Stand in a warm place (approx 10 mins) until mixture foams and froths.
- Sift flour and spices into a large bowl.
- Rub in butter using a broad bladed knife then finish with fingertips.
- Toss the fruit through the flour, to coat the fruit.
- Stir in yeast/sugar/milk micture, the lightly beaten egg and mix to a sticky dough.
- Cover with cling wrap and stand in a warm place for 45-60 minutes until dough has doubled in size.
- Grease a square, deep sided cake pan (20-25cm)
- Knock down the dough and gently knead on a lightly floured surface for approximately 5 minutes until dough is smooth and silky.
- 1Cut dough in half, knead lightly, cut each half in half again and continue until you have 16 balls of dough.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 200DegC
- When buns have risen bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Turn out onto tea towel then place wire rack on top, invert and cool (top side up).
- Mix caster sugar with boiling water and brush generously over each bun while still warm.