Hot cross buns

What better recipe to share than this hot cross bun on this lovely Good Friday.
Yield: 12
Fast action yeast – 1 3/4 tsp
Bread or Plain flour – 350g plus 100g in a separate bowl
Sugar – 2 tablespoons
Salt – 1 tsp
Butter – 50g (melted if making by hand)
Mixed Spice – 1 tsp
Cinamon – 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg (optional) – pinch
Egg – 1
Milk – 125ml
Water – 125ml
Mixed Dried Fruit – 150g
If you have a bread machine, put all ingredients in the order specified by manufacturer and use the “dough” setting on your machine. When the dough is ready, go to step 8
If doing it by hand,melt butter in a small saucepan. Add water. You want this mixture to be blood temperature (warm to the touch not hot)
In a separate bowl mix together 350g flour, sugar, salt, yeast and milk powder.
Make a well in the centre and add in the egg and water/ butter mixture, stir well using a wooden spoon
Flour the wok surface using the remaining 100g of flour and knead until smooth (roughly 10 minutes- really good work out!!!)
When the dough is nice, smooth and elastic you know the gluten is developed
Place the dough in a bowl, mix the fruit in well and cover loosely with cling film or a wet tea towel. This prevents your dough drying up. Leave the dough to rise until it has doubled in size (roughly an hour)
In the mean time, line a swissroll tin with baking parchment
When the dough is ready, lightly flour your work surface and knock the air out
Divide the dough into 12 equal portions (TIP- I use a knife to slice the dough into 2 equal halves, divide each half into 2 (giving 4 equal portions) then divide each quarter further into 3. This results in 12 evenly sized buns)
Arrange the dough in the pan spaced out evenly
Cover loosely with greased clingfilm and let rise for 30 to 40 minutes
In the meantime spoon flour and water paste mixture into a piping bag (you can use a sandwich bag and just snip a small hole in the corner). Pipe crosses on to your buns and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown
For the Glaze
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 tablespoons Water
For the Crosses
2 tablespoons flour mixed with about 2 tablespoons water to make a paste
To make the glaze, mix sugar and water in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds in the microwave (alternatively you can do this in a saucepan on the hob)
When the buns are cooked remove from the oven and brush with glaze as soon as they come out of the oven

NB: If you are using a bread machine to make the dour remember to put all the flour (450g)

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