Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hot Cross Buns (Deila Smith)




My very 1st time baking this Easter classic - Hot Cross Bun .  Tasty spiced sticky soft buns best eaten on the day they're made .  I love the flavour of  orange peels in this buns that makes them so festive .  YUM




 

Hot Cross Buns
Adapted from Deila online .com

Ingredients:
150 ml warm water
50g sugar + 1tsp
1 tbsp  dried yeast
450g flour ( I've used bread flour)
1 tsp salt
1tsp mixed spice
75g currants
50g cut mixed peels ( I used orange peels)
40-55 ml warmed milk
1 egg-beaten
50g melted butter

For the cross
50g flour
5-6 tbsp water

For the glaze:
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp water

Method: 

1) Stir 1 tsp sugar with warm water & sprinkle in yeast . Leave it for 10 mins or till a good frothy 'beer' head forms.

2)  Sift the flour, salt and mixed spice into a mixing bowl and add the remaining  sugar, the currants and mixed peel. Then make a well in the centre, pour in the yeast mixture plus 40 ml of warm milk , the beaten egg and the melted butter. Mix it to a dough, starting with a wooden spoon and finishing with your hands (add a spot more milk if it needs it)

3)  Transfer the dough on to a clean surface and knead it until it feels smooth and elastic – about 6 minutes. Now pop it back into the bowl, cover the bowl with a lightly oiled plastic bag, and leave it in a warm place to rise  about an hour to double its original size. Then turn it out and knead it again, back down to its original size.


4)  Pre-heat the oven to 220°C . Divide the mixture into 12 round portions (about 80 - 90g each) , arrange them on the greased baking sheet (allowing plenty of room for expansion), and make a deep cross on each one with a sharp knife. Leave them to rise once more, covering again with the oiled polythene bag, for about 25 minutes.  For the cross : in a small bowl add in flour & gradually add in 5 to 6 tbsp water .  Mixing in each adition to make a thick paste  . Spoon this mixture in a piping bag &  pipe across on each bun . Bake the buns for 15 mins till golden brown .


5) For the glaze : Melt the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water for the glaze over a gentle heat and brush the buns with it as soon as they come out of the oven, to make them nice and sticky





16 comments:

  1. Kit these look absolutely perfect! Making these tonight after work!

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  2. Love those little knitted bunnies too.

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  3. Well, well, look at you Kit, your first Hot Cross Buns! You did terrific! They look heavenly! I really should get my butt moving and make Marion some Hot Cross Buns. Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  4. Nice buns Kit, I too have not baked these before...looks yummy!

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  5. Hi Kit, your hot cross bun looks very good. I think I've bookmarked this recipe for 3 years and still haven't made it yet. :P

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  6. They looked absolutely fab!!! I loved hot cross buns too..esp with lots of butter:))

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  7. I know these buns must taste awesome as Delia's recipe never failed to impress and it taste yummy

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  8. Kit, these sound delicious. I am sure they would be great for Easter, but I think that they would be a hit year round.

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  9. One of the prettiest hot cross buns I have seen!

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  10. Kit , I've been eyeing Delia's recipe as well :D I haven't baked any bread for months , too lazy to knead *sigh* I'll stop by later to try a piece or two of your beautifully-baked hot cross buns , okay ? lol

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  11. This looks perfect for easter! Very nicely done..

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  12. I just made hot cross buns too! Your cross piping is very well done and love that shiny glaze on the buns too.

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  13. Hi Kit,
    Lovely hot cross buns! I have never tried making them before, only thought of many, many times!! LOL
    These are perfect for tea-time with a cup of warm tea!
    Thanks for linking!

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  14. Oh these are so cute, Kit. Happy Easter to you and family!

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  15. Hi Kit,

    Pardon me for being late for my Easter greeting! :p Late is better than never... hee hee Happy Belated Easter!!!

    Your hot cross buns looks fantastic!

    Zoe

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