Best-ever hot cross buns
Wow your friends and family with these glorious homemade hot cross buns. Packed full of juicy raisins, and finished with a sweet, sticky glaze, they'll have your guests coming back for more!
- 1 cup (250ml) milk
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil
- 60 g butter, chopped
- 1 cup (250ml) apple or pear juice, at room temperature
- 7 g sachet dried yeast
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp finely grated orange rind
- 1/3 cup (55g) currants
- 1/3 cup (55g) sultanas
- 5 1/3 cups (800g) bread flour (see tips)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1/3 cup (80ml) cold water, approximately
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp powdered gelatine
- 1 tbsp water
- Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and add the honey, oil and butter; stir until combined.
- In a large bowl, whisk the juice and yeast until dissolved. Whisk in the egg and orange rind until combined. Stir in the currants and sultanas. Add the combined flour, cinnamon and salt, then milk mixture. Using your hand, mix together until well combined. Cover with a clean tea towel or plastic wrap and stand in a warm place for 30 minutes.
- Lightly knead the dough on a lightly oiled surface for 10 seconds. Return dough to the bowl, cover and stand in warm place for 1 hour or until risen by half.
- Divide the dough into 16 pieces, each a little over 90g. Shape into balls and place on a large baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper in four rows of four. Cover and stand in a warm place for 30 minutes or until risen by half.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
- To make flour paste: combine flour and sugar in small bowl. Gradually mix in enough water to form a smooth paste. Place mixture into a small piping bag fitted with a small plain tube. Pipe crosses on buns.
- Bake the buns for about 25 minutes until browned then leave to cool on the tray.
- To make glaze: combine all ingredients in small pan and stir over low heat, without boiling, until sugar and gelatine are dissolved.
- Transfer the buns to a wire rack and brush tops with the glaze. Serve warm with butter.