Bread Machine TRADITIONAL Hot Cross Buns

Bread Machine TRADITIONAL Hot Cross Buns

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These sweet spiced buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday although they make a perfect breakfast bun to eat any time of the year. The cross is made the original way with a flour and water paste, piped on the bun just prior to baking.

Modified from: Pull-Apart Hot Cross Buns


Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 12 servings



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  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let stand until dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  2. Put the raisins in a small bowl and sprinkle over the dark rum. Microwave them for 1 minute and then leave to stand.
  3. Place the flour, salt, sugar, cardamom, 1 1/4 cups of milk, butter, raisins, zest and egg into the bread machine as per the manufactures instructions. Pour the yeast mixture on top. Close the lid and set the machine for the Dough setting.
  4. When the dough has finished, divide into 12 portions and shape into balls. (you may need to add a small amount of flour for ease of handling). Place them into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). To make the paste for the cross, mix the flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of the bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Once cooked leave buns in the pan to cool slightly while you make the glaze. Place the water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Brush warm glaze over the hot cross buns. Leave to cool for a further 5 minutes before removing the buns from the Pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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