Hot cross muffin buns

Hot cross muffin buns

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Cooking time

Prep: 3 hrs Including breadmaker and time to rise and bake

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 9 buns

Try this light and spicy version of everyone's favourite Easter treat

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Unglazed
Nutrition info

Nutrition per bun

kcalories
352
protein
10g
carbs
65g
fat
8g
saturates
4g
fibre
2g
sugar
8g
salt
0.54g

Ingredients

  • 450g strong white bread flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 50g butter, cut into pieces
  • 7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 275ml/9fl oz milk, plus extra to glaze
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g luxury mixed dried fruits, cherries halved

For the crosses and glaze

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • golden syrup, to glaze

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Method

  1. Put all dough ingredients, except the dried fruit, in the breadmaker, following the order in your manual. Set to dough programme.
  2. Once the dough is ready, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and punch down to deflate. Pat into a large flat circle, tip the fruit in the centre and enclose with the dough. Knead the fruit in, cutting through the mixture with a sharp knife, then re-knead a few times to distribute the fruit evenly.
  3. Cut out nine 14cm squares of baking parchment and have ready a 12-hole muffin tin. Cut the dough into 9 even-sized pieces and roll each into a smooth ball. Push a square of the parchment into a tin hole and drop in a ball of dough. Repeat with the rest. Cover the tin loosely with lightly-oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to fan 180C/ conventional 200C/gas 6.
  4. For the crosses, blend the flour to a smooth paste with 5-6 tsp of cold water. Spoon into a small plastic food bag and cut a small hole off one corner or use a piping bag. Pipe crosses on the buns. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Lift onto a cooling rack. Brush with a little golden syrup while warm.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2004

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birdsam's picture

I have made this using my thermomix. They mixture is very sticky but I think I will proceed and see how they turn out. Will add in later after the tasting is done. These are really delicious. I didn't add anymore flour to the mix so it stayed very sloppy. I stirred the fruit in, then put half cup amounts into the pans. There is no way you could put balls of dough. I will definitely make them again.

zaraclarke's picture

I this recipe is really good as i am going to be doing this for my food tech at school... It looks really nice.

abikinsey's picture
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FANTASTIC!! After reading the comments I decided to put the 2 eggs in a jug and make up to 300ml with the milk as this is the usual ratio for a regular loaf, added the fruit after the programme finished (the next morning) then also kneaded a bit to mix them thoroughly through, so easy and so tasty, young & old alike were very happy on Easter Sunday morning!!

dollmakers's picture
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Sorry - keep forgetting to say things, last post - it made 12 instead of 9 quite happily and I used orange zest instead of orange. Tasty tasty tasty.

dollmakers's picture
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Oh and I made the dough by hand, let it prove for an hour, then split into buns and allowed to prove again.

dollmakers's picture
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Fantastic recipe - absolutely delicious and looked really lovely and rustic. I used dried cranberries, dried cherries and chocolate chips, which I had soaked in orange juice overnight (try to stop yourself eating it before adding to mixture!!) then glazed them with maple syrup rather than golden - delectable! Great re-warmed in the oven for 5 mins.

DianaB's picture
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Made exactly as per the recipe and they were huge but lovely.

lauramcentee's picture
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Very easy to make and taste lovely.

emmaleg's picture
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Dough was v sticky so I added more flour and I think this made them a bit too dry. That saying they were tasty and fine when sluced and toasted. Next time I will keep the dough as it is without adding the extra flour and see if that makes a difference.

ellie2182's picture
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needs more flour in this recipe, mine came out all sticky, and i make a lot of bread, so knew something was wrong. The muffins came out very dry. Will not be making again. I'll stick with a normal hot cross bun recipe

maxineanne's picture

These were delicious and easy to make. I just made sure the total volume of liquid , eggs plus milk, was as stated in my breadmakers recipe and they turned out beautifully. Not too wet as mentioned by others. Added the fruit to the breadmaker, still had whole raisins etc and much less hassle later. I also made double the quantity of buns and they were more than big enough!! Can't imagine how big they would have been if followed the instructions.

elinrpowell's picture
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Made these yesterday - the dough came out really, really sticky, so I added a load of flour while kneading. I'd double the spice next time, but the end result was good otherwise. I've no idea how you'd make 9 buns out of this mixture - I ended up with 12 very large muffins and 8 mini ones (I only had 1 muffin tin so they went in cupcake cases). Happy Easter!

lauramcentee's picture
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Made these last night with the help of my breadmaker and my 12 year old daughter (she did the messy bit)! They are brill! Really light and tasty. Would definitely recommend.

dawnelizabethtaylor's picture
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I've now made - in breadmaker, doubling spice quantity. I threw in the fruit also, didn't mind that it would be a little chopped up (only some cherries) as it saved 'chopping in' the fruit into the dough later. I let rise once, bashed down then put in fridge overnight. Today-brought dough to room temp - and, as it was fairly 'wet', used a spatula and spoon to spoon into silicon moulds (got 22 buns!), left to rise little, then straight into oven. When out, used sugar & water syrup - as I figured easier than working with golden syrup.

Result: I've quite 'lazily' made recipe much easier than I could and buns are tasty, not too spicy and lovely and sticky. Bet they're even nice when toasted over weekend...

Only 4 stars as adapted recipe!

dawnelizabethtaylor's picture
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Just about to make these - using the bread maker; I'll take on board comments and add extra spices, ensure plenty of rising and make them a little smaller therefore have more. BUT wanted to share my favourite idea for crosses (almost forgot myself) - MARZIPAN! Quick roll of 'worms' in warm hands and plonk them on top; quick, easy and delicious flavour with the buns. Enjoy!

drjacquismith's picture
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Made these for easter weekend in the breadmaker - dough turned out perfect - easily made a dozen but needed extra 5mins in my oven (a fan oven). Kids loved them - will make them again as hot cross buns popular in our house!

marushka's picture

Saw this recipe in the Easter edition of Radio Times. Followed instructions TO THE LETTER but at the end of the dough making programme of my bread maker the dough was LIQUID! Panic! Friends coming to tea...Threw in about another 6ozs of Flour and reran programme (1 1/2 hours!)Results fine...but after proving realised that I should have made a dozen buns as they were HUGE!
As others here have noted that their dough was 'claggy' 'Quite sticky' 'Messy'...I think that the flour quantity in your recipe should be revised. I now feel a litle hesitant about trusting your recipes in the future..especially any given by Joe Pratt.

creamaga's picture

I didn't use a breadmaker - I mixed the dough for 5 mins in my Kitchenaid (had to add extra flour as the dough was quite sticky). I made twelve buns - let them rise for an hour on top of the Aga & then baked them for 15 mins in the roasting oven with the cold shelf above. I also used white icing instead of the flour mix for the crosses. They turned out very well & tasted delicious.

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