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Spiced fruit buns
- Preparation and cooking time
- 2-3 hours for rising
- Makes 15 buns
Soft and delicious spiced fruit buns. Eat as they are, or split and spread with butter if you want.
- 2.5 tsp (around 7g) of fast-action yeast (bread machine sachets)
- 400g strong white bread flour
- 90g butter, softened
- 0.5 tsp salt (around 4g)
- 2 medium eggs
- 2.5 tsp mixed spice (around 4g)
- 50g mixed peel
- 40g vegetable oil
- 130g full-fat milk
- 500g sultanas
- 1 medium orange
- STEP 1Zest the orange, then juice it. Place the sultanas in a bowl or jug and cover with the orange juice. Leave to soak for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
- STEP 2Into another bowl, add all the other ingredients, including the zest of the orange. Mix thoroughly and knead for at least 10 minutes. If you have a bread maker, this is ideal.
- STEP 3When the dough is thoroughly kneaded and smooth, add the juice-infused sultanas (and any leftover juice) and knead thoroughly so they're fully incorporated. Again, if you have a bread maker, a few minutes on a kneading cycle will do this nicely for you.
- STEP 4Place the finished mixture into a large greased bowl, cover with cling film, and leave for 90 minutes or so to rise.
- STEP 5Turn out the risen dough onto a floured surface, divide into around 15 pieces, shape into slightly flattened balls, and place on a baking tray that's lined with parchment. Cover with a piece of greased cling film and leave for an hour to rise again.
- STEP 6Remove the cling film and bake for 18 minutes in the centre of a 180 degC oven.
- STEP 7Remove from the oven and allow to cool. While still hot, optionally dissolve a couple of teaspoons of sugar in a little boiling water and paint each bun with a pastry brush to achieve a shiny, sticky coating.