Nothing says Happy Easter like a batch of freshly baked Hot Cross Buns! With their origin dating back to the 12th century, this staple Easter food is risen with yeast, freckled with dry fruits and features a heady blend of flavourful spices. This Easter Sunday why not whip them up yourself and enjoy a delightful holiday homemade feast with your family. Follow this traditional recipe and hop right into the celebratory Easter spirit with a big ol’ batch of easy to make hot cross buns!
1. In a bowl, sieve flour, cinnamon and salt and add nutmeg.
2. In a separate small bowl, add yeast; sprinkle over 1 tsp sugar and dissolve it. Set aside
3. Heat milk, sugar and butter together until lukewarm.
4. Add eggs and yeast. Then pour it into the flour mixture. Knead it well and allow it to rise until double in volume. (approx.1/2hr)
5. Knead in the raisins. Allow it to rise. (approx.10-15 minutes)
6. Shape into rolls and place on baking sheets.
7. Mark with crosses with a knife and set aside to allow it to rise in a warm place. (approx. 40 minutes)
8. Glaze with beaten egg.
9. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 15 to 20 minutes.
10. Whilst hot, brush with warm milk and sugar.
Serve these soft and fluffy Hot Cross Buns with a generous smear of butter.
Q1. Is it possible to make vegan hot cross buns?
A. Yes, you can make vegan hot cross buns by replacing eggs with apple sauce, milk with non-dairy almond milk and the butter with a little extra olive oil.
Q2. How to store Hot Cross buns?
A. If stored properly, these buns will last for 3 to 4 days at room temperature. Keep them covered in an airtight container or zip lock bag to prevent them from drying out.
Q3. What substitute can be used in place of raisins?
A. Traditionally, raisins are used in hot cross buns, but if you don’t prefer raisins you can use cranberries, apricots, and/or dates in its place.
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.
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