Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients

240 ml milk
2 tbsp. yeast
100 g sugar
2 tbsp. salt
115 g butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 medium eggs
500 g flour
200 g currants
1 medium egg, whites only
  For the Glaze:
180 g confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp lemon zest, finely chopped
1/2 tsp lemon extract
2 tbsp. milk

Preparation Method

Preparation time: ca. 1 day 12 hrs / Grade of difficulty: tricky / Calories per portion: n/a

In a small saucepan, heat milk until warm. Pour warm milk in a bowl, sprinkle yeast over and mix with an electric mixer to dissolve. Let sit for 5 minutes.

With mixer running at low speed, add butter, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs. Gradually add flour, and continue kneading with dough hook until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for about 45 minutes.

Mix and knead again using the electric mixer until smooth and elastic, for about 3 more minutes. Add currants and knead until well mixed. The dough should still be fairly wet and sticky.

Shape dough in a ball, place in a buttered dish, cover with plastic wrap and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.

Let dough sit at room temperature for about a half an hour. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

Divide dough into 24 equal pieces and shape each portion into a ball and place on baking sheet, about 2cm apart. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 200C.

When buns have risen, take a knife and slash buns with a cross. Brush them with egg white and place in oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 150C. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack.

Whisk together glaze gredients and spoon over buns in a cross pattern. They are best when served warm