Hot Cross Atheist Buns

I made hot cross buns for Easter! This is the first time I’ve made them and they came out really well. Christians reckon that the cross is a symbol of the Crucifixion but some people think that hot cross buns may pre-date Christianity with the  cross symbolising the four quarters of the moon. Either way, they are bloomin’ tasty and I’ll be making more soon!

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Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients

  • 450g bread flour
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 50g margarine
  • 100g currants
  • 50g mixed citrus peel
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 250ml warm water

For the pastry crosses

  • 50g plain flour
  • 20g margarine
  • 2-3 tsp cold water

For the glaze

  • 3 tbsp Demerara sugar
  • 3 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Put the flour, salt, spice, sugar, peel, currants and yeast in a bowl and mix.
  • Rub in the margarine.
  • Warm the water by mixing boiled and cold water to around body temperature ~ 40°C.
  •  Add the water and stir in, then mix well to form a dough.
  • Knead on a lightly floured board for 5 mins until smooth and stretchy.
  • Put in a bowl covered with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 45 mins to double in size.
  • Gently pat it back down then divide it into 12 balls.
  • Place them on lightly greased and floured baking sheet and leave in a warm place for 20-30 mins.
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Make pastry for the crosses by rubbing the flour and marg into crumbs then add water and mix.
  •  Roll the pastry out thinly and cut into 24 strips.
  • When the buns have risen, gently press the pastry strips into the dough to form crosses. Use soya milk to stick them.
  • Bake for about 15-20 mins until pale golden brown.
  • While they are baking make the glaze by gently heating the sugar and water into a pan until the sugar has melted.
  • When the hot cross buns are cooked brush the tops with the syrup so they go shiny.
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