Easter! Do you know what my favourite part is (besides masses of free chocolate)? The Hot Crossed Buns. What a great invention! The gooey fruit and the spice and the soft flour…ohh I am a happy girl. For those of you that a gluten-free, check out my glutenfree vegan recipe here. For those who seek rich and delightful gluten-filled parcels, then look no further. These are glaze-free, because that usually contains gluten, and I don’t really see the need for it.
On a side note: did you know that dried fruit dehydrates you if you eat it straight out of the packet? It’s because it uses fluid in the body to rehydrate itself. For that reason, I always like to soak my fruit in some hot water before cooking with it. It makes it extra plump. Drain before using.
2 tsp dry instant yeast (14g approx.)
¼ cup caster sugar
½ cup (125mL) warmed mylk
1 TB flaxmeal
3 cups plain flour
2 tsp mixed spice
50g chilled Nuttelex
¾ cup mixed fruits
¼ cup mixed peel
1/3 cup flour
1 TB caster sugar
- In a bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and mylk with 1/2 cup warm water. Leave for 5 minutes to foam up. Add in the flaxmeal.
- In a large bowl, use your fingers to smoosh the butter, flour and spice together. This will make a crumbly mixture. Dump in the fruit and peel.
- Make a well and the pour in the yeast mixture. Mix and knead for 10 minutes (hello stand mixer!)
- Cover the dough with plastic-wrap and leave for 1 hour to rise in a warm spot. It needs to double in size.
- Knead the dough again. Divide into 12 balls and place in a baking tray. Leave a small space between each, as they will spread out a bit. Cover with a moist tea-towel to sit for another 30 minutes. When this doubles in size, it’s ready to go.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. While it heats, combine the 1/3 cup flour, 1 TB caster sugar and ¼ cup cold water to make a paste. Pour into a little zip-lock bag and snip off a corner. Pipe crosses onto the bun-buns.
- Bake the buns for 10 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for another 20 minutes.
- When cooked, turn onto a wire rack and allow to cool. Or you can grab a warm one and dump that Nuttelex on top.