Traditional Fruity and Spiced Hot Cross Buns: Bread-Maker

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 6-12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Put all of the Hot Cross Bun ingredients into your break maker in the order listed, excepting the dried fruit.
  • Put the fruit into the "extras" tray on your bread maker, or leave to one side to add towards the end of the kneading cycle.
  • Set the bread maker to Dough setting - or Raisin Dough setting if you have it.
  • Press start and if you do not have an "extras" tray, add your dried fruit when your machine alerts you or 5 minutes before the end of the kneading time.
  • Lightly grease two baking trays/sheets.
  • When the dough cycle has finished, take the dough out and place it on a lightly floured board. Knock back and shape into 12 pieces, rolling them into balls.
  • Place them on the greased baking trays/sheets and cover with a clean tea towel or lightly oiled cling film.
  • Allow them to rise for about 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile pre-heat the oven the 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  • Make the pastry crosses by rolling out the ready-made pastry very thinly and cutting into strips.
  • Make the glaze by heating up the milk and adding the sugar - heat them until the sugar has dissolved. Set to one side.
  • When the Hot Cross Buns are ready to bake, place two strips of pastry on each top - pressing lightly and bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until well-risen and golden brown. The buns should sound hollow when tapped underneath.
  • Brush the glaze on each bun as soon as they have been taken out of the oven and then allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.
  • Eat whilst still warm, split & spread with butter!
  • These are GREAT toasted when they are a few days old as well!
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