Bringing you these easy Hot Cross Buns just in time for Easter! These soft, sweet, lightly spiced buns studded with raisins & cranberries are a treat for everyone!
Author: Natasha Minocha
125gmsAll purpose flour
1/4 tspClove powder
Zest of 1 lemon
2tspDried active yeast
3/4cupWater, lukewarmYou may need more
1/4cupDried Cranberries, halved
Combine water and yeast in a cup along with a pinch of sugar. Keep aside for 5-7 minutes till frothy.
In a large bowl, mix both the flours, salt, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, and clove powder.
Now add the yeast mixture and oil to the dry ingredients and mix well. Knead well on a floured surface till the dough starts coming together. Now mix in the dried fruits. Knead for another 5-10 minutes till the dough is smooth and elastic.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size. This will take about 1.5 hours. It's quite hot here these days, so the proofing doesn't take very long.
Keep a baking tray ready, lined with baking/parchment paper.
Take the dough out on a floured surface, lightly punch it down. Divide the dough into 9 equal sized pieces.
Roll each piece into a ball and place on the tray. Make sure there is space between them to rise.
Cover lightly with a tea towel and place in a draft-free warm place to let the double in size.
Preheat your oven to 200C. Make a thick paste with the flour and water. Transfer to a piping bag, snip off the end and pipe a cross on each of the buns.
Bake for about 20 minutes, till the buns are golden brown. Transfer them to a cooling rack and serve them warm. Enjoy!
Hot Cross Buns - https://www.tashasartisanfoods.com/blog/ -April 17, 2019