- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Serving: 4 - 8
Nutrition facts (per portion)
- Calories: 431
- Fat Content: 15g
- Saturated Fat Content: 9g
- Carbohydrate Content: 64g
- Sugar Content: 24g
- Fiber Content: 2g
- Protein Content: 9g
- Sodium Content: 0.8g
Hot cross cinnamon buns
- whole-milk - 250ml whole milk
- lemon - 1 lemon, zested
- butter - 150g butter, cubed
- strong-white-flour - 640g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
- cinnamon - 2 tsp cinnamon
- golden-caster-sugar - 85g golden caster sugar
- yeast - 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
- egg - 2 medium eggs, beaten separately
- sunflower-oil - a little vegetable or sunflower oil, for proving
- light-brown-soft-sugar - 50g light brown soft sugar
- mixed-dried-fruit - 100g mixed dried fruit
- cream-cheese - 100g cream cheese
- icing-sugar - 75g icing sugar
- Warm the milk and lemon zest in a small saucepan until steaming. Remove from the heat and add 25g butter, swirling until it has melted and the milk has cooled slightly.
- Mix 500g flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, the caster sugar, yeast and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl. Pour in the milk mixture and one of the beaten eggs, then combine with a wooden spoon until the mixture clumps together. Tip out onto your work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 mins - the dough should bounce back when pressed with your finger. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 2 hrs or until doubled in size.
- While the dough rises, make your cinnamon butter. Mash the remaining butter and cinnamon with the light brown sugar.
- Dust your largest baking tray with flour. Tip the dough onto the work surface and knead again to knock out any air bubbles. Roll the dough to a rectangle roughly 30 x 40cm. Spread the cinnamon butter over the dough, covering the whole surface. Scatter over the dried fruit. From one of the longer edges, roll up the dough into a tight sausage shape. Use asharp knifeto cut the dough into 12 equal-sized pieces. Arrange them on the tray, leaving a small gap between each one and making sure the open end of the scroll is facing inwards to prevent them springing open as they cook. Cover loosely and leave somewhere warm to prove for 1 hr or until almost doubled in size - the buns should be just touching.
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Brush the buns with a little beaten egg. Mix the remaining 140g flour with enough water to make a thick, smooth paste, then transfer to apiping bagfitted with a small round nozzle (or use a sandwich bag with a corner snipped off ). Use the paste to pipe crosses over the buns, then bake for 25 mins until deep golden brown and cooked through.
- Leave to cool for 10 mins on the tray. Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese and icing sugar, then brush the mixture over the warm buns. If you have any excess, you can serve this on the side for spreading over. Eat the buns warm from the oven or leave to cool.Will keep for up to two days in an airtight container.
Easter baking recipe for 4 – 8 people, takes only 25 mins; recipe has whole milk, lemon, butter, strong white flour, cinnamon, golden caster sugar, yeast, egg, sunflower oil, light brown soft sugar, mixed dried fruit, cream cheese and icing sugar.