activate yeast

To start off your fluffy hot cross buns dough, mix yeast, milk and a teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl.

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dough INGREDIENTS

Combine flour, sugar, spices, salt, egg, water, butter, and yeast mixture in a stand mixer bowl.

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mix the dough

Mix at low speed to blend the ingredients, then increase to medium speed until the dough becomes elastic and smooth.

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Add the fruits

Add the fruit to the hot cross buns dough and mix to combine.

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Prove

Shape the hot cross buns dough into a ball. Let it proof, covered, in a warm place, until doubled in size.

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Portion

After the first proof, gently knock down the hot cross bun dough and divide into even sized portions.

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cross

Put cross mixture into a piping bag or a small sandwich bag, and snip off the corner or end.

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Pipe

Pipe lines across the hot cross buns to form a + on each one. They aren't hot cross buns without crosses!

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bake

Bake your fluffy hot cross buns according to the method; the recipe includes baking directions for a steam oven or a regular oven.

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brush

Make the glaze while the hot cross buns bake, and brush over the tops as soon as they’re out of the oven.

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Home made hot cross buns are fantastic eaten fresh and warm with butter. Toasted day-old hot cross buns are just as good!