Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. The cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices signify the spices which were used to embalm him at his burial
I remember eating these buns as a kid, after the Maundy Thursday mass and is a tradition we follow with the kids each year.
This year, I'm sharing sharing recipe for hot cross buns with you too!
Ingredients 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 3 tbsp warm water 1 cup (240ml) milk 114 gm butter 1/3 cup (75 gm) sugar 1 tsp salt 1 egg 3 3/4 cup (445 gm) flour 1 cup raisins 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp nutmeg/cinnamon/all spice Flour paste 1/2 cup flour 1 tbsp sugar 4 tbsp water (or just enough to make a thick paste) Sugar glaze 2 tbsp warm milk 2 tbsp sugar Method In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Let it sit for 5min, until dissolved. Mix well In another bowl, combine milk with the butter, sugar, salt and micro for about a minute, until everything is melted Lightly whisk in the egg Add this wet mixture into the yeast mixture Mix until all ingredients are combined Add in the flour and spices and mix until it forms a dough Knead for 5 to 6 min and then add the raisins and knead for another 2 minutes (You might need a little more flour to make it a soft and not too sticky dough) Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a dry cloth. Let it sit for at least 2 hours to rise. Once this is done, and the dough has risen, shape balls and place in a well greased baking tray Make the flour paste by combing the ingredients together and using a piping bag, pipe horizontal and vertical lines in a cross shape Bake for 20 to 25 minutes Combine the ingredients for the glaze and brush the buns with it while still hot