Hot Cross Bun Recipe

March 03, 2015

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Last week the lovely team at the Good Housekeeping Institute invited me down to their new cookery school in Soho to learn a few Easter recipes. 
Aimed at both beginners and experienced cooks, the one day courses range from mastering macaroons to improving your knife skills.
I found the team put me instantly at ease, which helped when you don't have a first clue when it comes to baking.
Here's their recipe for Hot Cross Buns, which unbelievably I re-tried at home over the weekend with the same results!

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hands-on time 1hr, plus proving. Cooking time 18min. Makes 12
Ingredients: 

300g (11oz) strong white bread flour, plus extra to dust
1tsp mixed spice
25g (1oz) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus extra to grease
50g (2oz) caster sugar
Finely grated zest of 1⁄2 lemon
1 x 7g sachet fast- action dried yeast
170ml (6fl oz) semi-skimmed milk, plus a dash more if needed
1 medium egg
 75g (3oz) sultanas or mixed fruit for the cross topping
1tbsp plain flour
1tbsp golden syrup, to glaze     


Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Put the strong flour, mixed spice, butter and 1⁄2tsp salt into a food processor, and rub the butter into the flour mixture using your fingers.

Add the sugar, lemon zest and yeast and stir to combine.

Empty the mixture into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Gently heat the milk until it’s just warm, then add the milk and egg to the flour bowl and stir quickly to make a soft dough. If the mixture feels too dry, you can add a little more cold milk.


Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Dust a work surface with flour, then knead the dough for 5min or until elastic. Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased bowl, cover with clingfilm, and leave in a warm place to rise for 1hr.


Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead in the sultanas (you may need to flour the work surface again).

Return the dough to the bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rise for 30min.
Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter. Turn the dough out on to a floured work surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each into a ball, then flatten slightly.

Arrange the balls on the baking sheet, spacing them a little apart. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for 45min.

Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan) mark 7.

To make the cross topping, put the flour into a small bowl and mix in just enough cold water to give it a smooth, pipeable consistency (about 2tbsp). Put the flour mixture into a piping bag (no need for a nozzle), snip off the tip and, working quickly, pipe a cross on top of each bun.

Bake the buns for 15-18min, or until golden and risen. As soon as they come out of the oven, brush with golden syrup. Then allow to cool completely on a wire rack – or eat warm with lashings of butter.

Hot Cross Bun Recipe