You can’t celebrate Easter without Hot Cross Buns! AVOCA’s recipe for this delicious baked treat combines the gentle warmth and spice of cinnamon with the tangy sweetness of citrus peel and dried fruit. When hot from the oven, brush these beauties with a honey or maple glaze and watch them disappear.
Makes 10-12 buns
500g strong white flour
20g fresh or 7g dried yeast
50g caster sugar
30g melted butter, cooled
½ tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp mixed spice
50g mixed peel
275ml lukewarm water or milk
1 egg, optional
Pipeable dough for the cross on top:
Make a stiff but pipeable paste by mixing plain flour with a couple of tablespoons of cold water until smooth.
- Preheat your oven to 180 fan assisted.
- Start by dissolving the yeast in either 250ml of lukewarm water or milk along with the melted cooled butter.
- Place the flour, spices, salt and sugar into the bowl of a food mixer with the dough hook, mix on a low speed for a minute to incorporate ingredients. Then slowly add the yeast liquid, and egg if using (this will give you a slightly richer dough) until the mix comes together. Then add your fruit and mix on a low speed for 5 – 8 minutes or until dough is springy to touch, (it should hold a thumb indentation for a minute or two).
- If your mixture is sticky simply add a little extra flour. Once your dough is ready, remove to a floured surface and divide into 10/12 equal size balls approx 100g in weight each. Roll each ball into a circle then place onto a parchment lined baking tray, allowing enough room for each bun to double in size.
- Make a cross on top of each bun with your thick flour and water paste, you can pipe it on or use a teaspoon to drizzle it across. Allow the buns to rise in a warm place. This will take between 25 – 45 minutes depending on your kitchen’s temperature. Once they have risen, place in the hot preheated oven for 18 – 22 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
- Remove the buns from oven and whilst hot brush with a little honey or golden syrup.
AVOCA comprises 13 stores and is famed for their award-winning cafes, luxury homewares, fashion, accessories and gifting ranges. Established in 1723 as a handweaving company, AVOCA continues today to produce quality wool products from the original site at AVOCA, Co. Wicklow. AVOCA stocks a wide range of Irish and international fashion brands.