Delicious Easter Buns

Delicious Easter Buns

Nothing says Easter more than hot cross buns, especially when you fill your house with the scent of freshly baked ones!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2teaspoons (1 sachet/7g) dried yeast
  • 2tablespoons caster sugar
  • ¾ cup(185ml) warm milk
  • 2 ½cups (375g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 40g butter(softened)
  • 2/3 cup(110g) sultanas
  • 1teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 Egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/3 cup(50g) plain flour, extra
  • 1 ½tablespoons caster sugar, extra
  • 2tablespoons boiling water
  • 1teaspoon gelatine powder

METHOD

  1. Combine yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl. Stand in a warm place for 10 mins or until frothy.
  2. Combine flour and mixed spice in a bowl. Rub in the butter. Stir in sultanas and orange rind. Make a well in the centre. Stir in yeast mixture and egg. Cover. Set-aside in a warm place for 40 mins or until dough doubles in size. Grease a Circulon 22x33cm Cake Pan.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 mins. Divide into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Place in prepared pan. Cover. Set aside in a warm place for 10 mins.
  4. Preheat oven to 220°C. Combine extra flour and 2 teaspoons of extra sugar in a small bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons cold water to form a thick, smooth paste. Place in a seal-able plastic bag and cut off 1 corner. Pipe over buns to make crosses. Bake for 20 mins or until buns sound hollow when tapped on top. Turn onto a wire rack to cool.
  5. Stir boiling water, gelatine and remaining 1 tbs extra sugar in a heatproof jug until gelatine dissolves. Brush over hot buns. Serve warm.
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