Thursday, June 09, 2011

Sticky Fruit Buns ~ Hot Cross Buns

The simplicity of the ingredients was what drew me to these Hot Cross buns. I made these for Easter and appropriately made the symbol of a cross. These buns are lovely and soft and they contain no eggs.

Hot Cross Bun

There is no reason to make these only once a year as it is so easy. Nowadays I always have some in the freezer. For everyday eating, ice it with a squiggle of icing or is just as delicious with a glaze of sugar syrup or honey.

Glazed Sticky Fruit Buns

Makes 15 buns

250ml warm water
375gm high grade flour (bread flour)
½ tsp salt
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mix spice
1½ tsp dry yeast or 11g fresh yeast

2 Tbsp oil or butter
1½ Tbsp marmalade/citrus jam(optional)

1 cup sultanas/raisins

1. Place all ingredients except the dried fruits into the bread pan according to your breadmaker instructions.

2. Setting : Dough.

3. When the bread maker beeps for 'addition', add in the sultanas.

4. Leave bread dough in the bread pan to proof until double in size.

5. Divide dough into 15 pieces, approximately 60g each.

unproved buns

6. Place on greased baking tray to proof for another 1-2 hours or until at least double in size. Size of my baking tray is 28cm x 24cm. Pipe on crosses with flour and water with a plastic bag with one corner snipped off (optional).

proved buns

7. Bake at 200C for 12-15 minutes.

8. Remove from oven and brush top of buns with a sugary solution or honey mixed with a little water.

sticky buns

Tip :
1. These buns freezes well.

2. Make sure your spices are fresh. I grind my own cinnamon.

3. Finally after all these years of making bread with dry breadmaker yeast, I have managed to get my hands on a 1kg block of fresh yeast. I am so impressed with the fresh yeast. The rising time is so much faster. So far I have substituted it very successfully on these fruit buns, rosemary focaccia, baquette and our staple wholemeal loaf.

soft sweet buns

Recipe : thevarneys @ LifeStyleBlock (adapted)


Shereen said...

Hi Sinner,
It's so good to 'see' you again:)All these while,I've been very faithful to your other Hot Cross Bun recipe.Do I need to change? seriously,this new recipe is better than the old one?

littlehands said...

Wow! So nicely done!

Sinner said...

Hi Shereen,
Good to 'see' you too. Ha ha looks like I am the wanderer!
Wouldn't say this recipe is better than my other one, but just don't need any forward planning.
Will need to bake both side by side to have a taste test ;)

Thanks littlehands

Tricia said...

Nice buns!! (Pun intended!! ;P)

I'm always "afraid" to make buns/paus anything I have to wait for it to "rise".

Misses you postings. Love to see more!!

Sinner said...

Hi Tricia,
You should take the plunge. Initially you will make little bricks (ha ha almost everyone goes through that stage!) but after a while you will get the hang of it. Very satisfying when you get to that stage. It will test your patience though !

Quiet_Baker- said...

Hi there!

Was just looking around the blogs and saw your buns! Delicious!!! You are right, we don't need to make it just once a siree!!!

Will be dropping by more often. Keep up the good work!!!

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