'Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!'
This familiar nursery rhyme is about a kind of spicy fruity sweet bun, baked to deep brown color and marked with symbolic white cross on top. These buns are traditionally served at breakfast on Good Friday morning, with the cross signifies the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ.
In the past, the English believe that hanging hot cross bun in the house could offer protection from bad luck, and some said that hot cross bun made on Good Friday itself never get moldy. Well, I never get a chance to test that theory as those buns vanished within a day or two.
Even if you are not celebrating Good Friday, these are delicious buns and easy to make. So what are you waiting for? Let's bake some bread together!
Hot Cross BunMakes 8
- 80ml milk
- 20g butter
- 1/3 tsp vanilla essence
- 3/4 tsp instant yeast
- 30g sugar
- 200g bread flour
- 1/3 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp mixed spice
- 60g mixed dried fruit
- 25g egg
- 8 tsp plain flour
- 4 tsp caster sugar
- enough water to form a roux
- Mix all ingredients together (except mixed fruit) and form a dough.
- Add in mixed fruit and mix well.
- Let it proof for 1.5 hours.
- Divide into 8 equal portions, roll round.
- Let it proof for another 1 hour.
- Mix the ingredients for toppings together and pipe onto the dough.
- Bake at preheated oven at 190C for 17mins.
- 混合外陷材料， 放入裱花袋挤在面团上形成十字型。