Just in time for the easter bunny 😉🐰
These Hot Cross Buns are way better than the stock standard ones you buy from grocery stores. Those are pumped with preservatives and have a distinct artificial flavour about them.
Once you've tried homemade, you will never go back.
3 teaspoons yeast
110g caster sugar
375ml oat milk
640g bread flour
2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 - 2 oranges, zest only
50g / 3.5 tbsp unsalted butter or coconut butterMethodPlace flour, yeast, sugar, all spice, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Briefly mix with stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add butter, milk, sultanas and zest.Mix until a smooth elastic dough forms. After 1 minute, add extra flour if required. Leave dough in the bowl, cover with cling wrap and place in a warm, wind free place to rise until doubled in size.Line a 31.5 x 23.5 cm / 9 x 13" tray with baking paper with overhang. Remove cling wrap and punch dough to deflate. Dust work surface with flour, place dough on work surface, shape into a log - this will deflate the air. Cut into 12 equal pieces.Take one piece and press down with palm, then use your fingers to gather into a ball, then roll the dough briefly to form a ball. This stretches the dough on one side and that's how I get a nice smooth surface.Place the ball with the smooth side up on the tray. Repeat with remaining dough. Spray a piece of cling wrap lightly with oil (any), then loosely place over the tray. Return tray to warm place and leaver 30 - 45 minutes, until the dough has risen by about 75% (less than double in size).CROSSES:Mix flour and water until a thick runny paste forms - Spoon into a round 3 mm piping bag or small ziplock bag then snip corner. Remove the cling wrap and pipe crosses onto the buns. Go slow so it hugs the curves.Bake in preheated oven 180°C for 22 minutes, or until the surface is a deep golden brown. The surface colour is the best test for this recipe. Remove buns from oven. Use overhang to lift buns onto a cooling rack.Allow to cool to warm before serving. Best enjoyed with a hot cuppa