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Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients
  Plain flour 1 Pound
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Milk 1⁄4 Pint, mixed with water
  Water 1⁄4 Pint, mixed with milk
  Yeast 1⁄4 Ounce
  Caster sugar 2 Ounce
  Butter 2 Ounce
  Currants 3 Ounce
  Chopped candied peel 1 Ounce
  Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
  Egg 1
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

MAKING
2. Add half flour into the bowl.
3. In another bowl, combine yeast with little milk and water and whisk in remaining liquid.
4. Mix the wet mixture with flour and combine well.
5. Cover dam cloth over the bowl and keep it in a warm place for about 40 minutes.
6. Take another bowl and add remaining flour, cinnamon, salt, sugar, nutmeg and the remaining fruit.
7. Take a saucepan, melt butter and beat egg separately.
8. Combine all dry ingredients with the yeast mixture and combine softened butter and egg and blend the mixture thoroughly with hands.
9. Add it back to the bowl and cover it with damp cloth and keep it aside for an hour.
10. Create 16 equal portions out of dough and shape each of them using hands.
11. Take a greased baking tray and spread the shaped dough all over it and allow the buns to spread.
12. Create a cross on each bun using a knife or decorate it with a cross made up of narrow strips of pastry.
13. Allow it to remain in a warm place for about 40 minutes, and bake for 20 minutes at 220°C on gas mark 7 for about 20 minutes.
14. Brush sugar and milk mixture atleast 5 minutes before taking from oven.
15. Spread them over rack and cook and pack them in polythene bags.

SERVING
16. Serve the hot cross buns on the eve of Good Friday.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday, Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
205 Minutes
Ready In: 
225 Minutes

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