Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,
one ha' penny,
two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns.
If you have no daughters,
give them to your sons,
one ha' penny,
two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are traditional buns baked for the Easter time celebrations. The fact that they are homemade makes them extra special.Hot cross buns are traditionally served on the Christian holiday of Good Friday and during Lent. They are smallish, slightly sweet buns containing spices and raisins, or currants, and they sometimes contain chopped candied fruit. Their tops are marked with a distinctive white cross made of glazed sugar or lightly cooked dough to symbolize the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.These festive buns are best served warm from the oven with a butter spread. They taste so good you will want to eat them the year-round


Bun Crossing Paste
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
1/8 cup water
Pinch of salt

All the Water Roux
100ml water
1 large egg
2 tbsp fine granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp milk powder
2 1/2 cups plus 1 tbsp bread flour
2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp butter

Water-Roux Paste:
2 tbsp bread flour
100ml water

1 tbsp Milk
1 tbsp Apricot Jam


To make the Water Roux follow Tangzhong Starter-Water Roux.

For the Bread:

Put the bread ingredients into the bread machine bowl according to the order in the list. First the liquids and ending with the yeast.

Select the dough function and press to start. When the dough comes to a ball, add in the butter and continue the function. When a beep is sounded, added in the raisins and mixed peels. Continue the function until the dough has risen, in 1 1/2 hr.

When function is done. Remove the raised dough gently and divide into 8 pieces.

Rest cut dough for 10 minutes before shaping.

Shape each piece into a tightly formed ball and place on greased 10 inch x 6 inch baking pan.
Cover baking pan with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until buns are touching and doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Brush buns with milk

Place bun crossing paste in a ziplog bag and snip off one of the ends of the bag.

Pipe crosses over the surface of each bun.

Transfer buns to oven and bake until golden brown, 18 to 25 minutes, rotating baking sheets after 10 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, place apricot jam in a small microwable bowl and nuke on high for 20 seconds, until heated through; (strain through a mesh sieve set over a bowl if jam is very lumpy - in this case, use more than one tablespoon of jam, otherwise it is not worth the effort to strain ).

Brush heated jam over buns.
Serve warm with butter.

Bun Crossing Paste
In a medium bowl, whisk together oil and water. Add flour and salt, and whisk until well combined.
Let stand 1 hour before using.


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