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Hoxton Cross Buns, again

6 Apr

hot cross buns

It’s Easter weekend, which means time for some hot cross buns, of course. Now, I’m not talking about the sweaty, flabby, grey offerings you get in packages of four at the supermarket. I’m talking fresh from the oven, crispy fruit on the top, spicy glazed Shoreditch Bake style hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns are actually quite simple, and although they contain yeast and are really a bread rather than a cake, they only require 10 seconds (yes, 10 seconds folks) of kneading. Last year I had a bad recipe, and produced a batch of rock cakes (literally). But with the right recipe you’re guaranteed a dozen light & airy goodies! This year’s recipe is courtesy of Dan Lepard and can be found in last week’s guardian.

yeast and cider

fruit and strongbow

cream and spices

warm fruit and cream

So all you have to do is mix some yeast, cider & flour together and leave to bubble. Gently warm eggs, cream, honey & spices. GENTLY now. Do not make scrambled eggs at this point. It’s very easy to make scrambled eggs, but don’t. It’s annoying and you’ll have to start again…

Mix the warm stuff with the yeast stuff and some dried fruit, and then some flour and you’ve got hot cross bun dough.

bun dough before proving

bun dough after proving

raw buns

cold cross buns

Prove the dough for an hour, it gets bigger! Shape into balls and leave to rise again. Pipe on crosses (flour, oil and water) and bake til golden. These buns are pretty good, but the icing on the cake is, well, the icing. A bit of spicy syrup brushed on the top just makes these heavenly.

Dan Lepards Hot Cross Buns

Traditionally, hot cross buns should be eaten on Good Friday, which is when these beauties were made – and devoured, but I’m sure no one will mind if you’re a day or two late. Yummy yummy yummy buns