It’s that lovely time of the year again. Growing up Catholic I have issues with eating Hot Cross Buns all year round, and if I did the novelty would wear off. When I got my bread machine I discovered that shop bought Hot Cross Buns are not a patch on home made ones and they really are easy. I searched for lots of recipes and after taking from a few and tweaking this is the recipe which I came up with and the whole family loves. Oooh and the smell when they are baking, yum, yum, yum.
Breadmaker Hot Cross Buns (makes 16)
Place the following in bread machine pan in the order written. I guess it would be best to sieve the dry ingredients together and add combined after the sugar.
40g butter – melted
60g brown sugar
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp mixed spice
½ tsp ground cloves
520g cake flour
1 ½ tsp salt
2 ½ tsp yeast
Select dough cycle, after 15 mins add
¾ cup raisins
½ cup saltanas
¼ cup cake fruit mix
Coat the fruit with 1 Tbs flour before adding, you can adapt the quantities e.g. leave out the cake fruit mix and use 1 cup raisins
At the end of the dough cycle, knead lightly and divide into 16 balls, place close together in a greased pan, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 mins.
1 tsp sugar
Combine ingredients for crosses and pipe on.
Bake at 200 deg. C for about 20 mins until golden.
2 Tbs water
1 Tbs Castor sugar
1 tsp gelatine
ALTERNATIVE GLAZE without Gelatine
1 Tbs Castor Sugar
1 Tbs boiling water
Combine glaze ingredients and heat in microwave for 1 min. Brush over hot buns.