Cranberry Hot Cross Buns

Easter is approaching which can only mean more reasons to bake unnecessarily 🙂

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This week for the blog, I have baked Hot Cross Buns.

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If you follow me on Instagram (here – do come over and say hi if you aren’t already!), you’ll know I made these a little while back and they are now LONG GONE.

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This batch of Hot Cross Buns are a far cry away from my first attempt a few years ago (check out my amateur attempt here!). I am actually really pleased with my progress and blogging my journey means I have little snippets like this to see how far I have come.

These Hot Cross Buns were fluffy, full of spice and had a gorgeous golden coat.

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I used Jamie Oliver’s recipe as a starting point (here) and then adapted it slightly. All the details are below in case you fancy giving it a go. The process is essentially the same as Jamie’s – he absolutely knows best! – but I have played with the flour type and flavouring a tad…

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200 ml semi-skimmed milk
50ml water
55 g unsalted butter
2 x 7g sachet dried yeast
350g strong bread flour
150g plain flour, plus 4 tablespoons and extra for dusting
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ whole nutmeg
55 g caster sugar
1 large egg, beaten
75g  dried cranberries
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons mixed peel
runny honey , to glaze

Warm through the milk and water in a small saucepan. Once warmed, take off the heat and stir in the yeast. Let this sit aside for a few minutes for the yeast to activate.

Melt the butter in a separate saucepan, then take it off the heat and let it cool slightly. Sift together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and make a well. Pour in the melted butter, followed by the yeast mixture, then the beaten egg.

Combined into a dough (I used my stand mixture and dough hook to bring the mixture together but you could you use a fork, as Jamie suggests, or your hands. This took around 5 mins for me – allow longer if you aren’t using a machine! Firstly it slowly mixed all the ingredients together, and then started to work the dough into a smooth pliable texture once it had all combined.) and then cover and let it rise somewhere warm until it has doubled in size.

Knock out the air, tip out onto a floured surface, sprinkle the cranberries, grated rind and mixed peel on top and knead for a few minutes. Split the dough into 12 roughly equal pieces and roll into ball shapes. These should then be put on a baking paper lined tray with a dish cloth over the top to let them rise once more.

Preheat the oven whilst they finish their last rise (Jamie suggests 190 degrees which I replicated) and make the runny gloop (technical term right there…) for the crosses. To do this, mix together the 4 tablespoons of plain flour with around 3 tablespoons of water. You are looking for a thick paste that you can pipe out but isn’t too solid. Add a little more water or flour until you get it right.

Once the buns have plumped from their last prove, pipe across a the “X” and then bake until a deep golden colour (mine took roughly 25 minutes). To finish, brush with the honey and let them cool.

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An improvement from the first lot, I’d say. What do you think?

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Are you baking anything for Easter?

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4 thoughts on “Cranberry Hot Cross Buns

  1. Oh my goodness, I wanted to eat one of these buns right from my computer screen !
    They look divine. I definitely will be trying these this week. If I am not able to find semi skimmed milk, what other milk would you suggest?

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  2. You really have come a long way since your first attempt! These look so professional and delicious. Lovely photos. I would like to try this recipe and wondering if you were happy with the amount of fruit. That is always my complaint when I buy Hot Cross Buns … there is never enough fruit!

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    1. Thank you! I think I will definitely put more fruit in for the next batch. It’s a hard one because some people prefer loads and some people only like a smattering… that is definitely something to play with. It would be an easy recipe to play with as well if you prefer different dried fruits – you could make all sorts of Hot Cross Bun flavours!

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