Hot cross buns

By Shahir Massoud
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This recipe is all you need to host the perfect brunch this easter!

SERVES
3
 TO
4

Ingredients

Hot Cross Buns

  • 1 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 cup yellow raisins
  • 1/4 cup currants

White Cross Topping

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour

Syrup

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions

Hot Cross Buns 

  1. Start by heating the milk just to a point where it's warm (should be warm enough to hold your finger in, without being uncomfortable.  If too hot, it may kill the yeast!). Add the warm milk to your stand mixer bowl then sprinkle in the yeast, with a pinch of sugar.  Let sit for 10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy. 
  2. While you wait, mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and sugar in a separate bowl to combine.  When the milk and yeast are frothy, add all of the dry ingredients. Using the dough hook, turn on your stand mixer and begin kneading on medium speed. Knead for 15 to 20 minutes, until the gluten strengthens and a dough forms (mixture may appear a bit too wet at first, but just let it knead until it separates itself from the sides of the bowl). 
  3. Add raisins and currants.
  4. Transfer to an oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel.  Place in a warm part of your kitchen and allow to proof for one and a half to two hours. By then, the dough should have approximately doubled in size.  Transfer the proofed dough to your work surface and divide it into eight even pieces. Round off each piece in a little ball, then place onto a lined baking sheet. 

White Cross Topping 

  1. Whisk the water and flour together. 
  2. Transfer to a piping bag, then pipe a cross on top of each ball.  

Bake 

  1. Bake at 400° F for 24 to 26 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Syrup 

  1.  While the buns are baking, bring the water and sugar up to a gentle boil. 
  2. When the buns are done, remove and paint with the syrup to achieve a beautiful gloss. 

Serve 

  1. Allow to cool, then enjoy! 

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