Hot Cross Buns








Preparation Time

20 min plus 1.5 hrs dough rising time

Cooking Time

  • 2 tsp (7g sachet) dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) warmed milk
  • 1 x 60 g egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 1 tbsp McCormick Allspice Ground
  • 1 tbsp McCormick Ginger Ground
  • 50 g butter, cubed
  • 1 cup (80g) dried currants
  • Flour Paste
  • 1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • Glaze
  • 1 tsp powdered gelatine
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  1. Combine yeast, sugar, warmed milk and ⅓ cup (80ml) warm water in a bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes or until mixture is foamy. Add egg and whisk to combine.
  2. Combine flour with McCormick Allspice and Ginger in a bowl. Use your fingertips to rub butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the currants then make a well in the centre. Pour the yeast mixture into the well and stir until a dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  3. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 20cm x 30cm slice tin. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it returns to original size. Divide into 12 portions and roll into balls. Place side by side in pan. Set aside in a draught-free place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. To make flour paste, combine flour, sugar and ¼ cup (60ml) cold water in a bowl. Spoon into a snap-lock bag and snip off 1 corner. Pipe crosses onto buns. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 180°C and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  6. Meanwhile to make glaze, combine gelatine, sugar and 1 tbsp boiling water in a bowl, stirring until sugar and gelatine dissolve. Turn buns onto a wire rack. Brush buns with glaze. Serve with butter.
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