Super soft Easter Hot cross buns | jernejkitchen
Super soft Easter
Hot cross buns
I am telling you guys. These are DIVINE, worth every bite of indulgence.
makes
15
0
hot cross buns
dough preparation:
30
0
minutes
dough proofing:
2
0
hours

This makes us SOOOO HAPPY and excited, I am actually lost for all the words that would fully describe my relationship with cross buns. I read in every single book that cross buns bring happiness and sharing a cross bun will ensure great relationship with your friend and/or family throughout the whole year. And who doesn't need a bit of good luck in their life. So we went ahead and made random cross buns yesterday, just to get a feel how to make them, since they are not part of our Slovenian Easter cuisine. The result was meh, so so, a chewy inside and not too great overall. So today, we spent the day developing our own recipe and I am telling you guys. This one is DIVINE, worth every bite of indulgence.

INGREDIENTS
makes
15
0
hot cross buns
dough preparation:
30
0
minutes
dough proofing:
2
0
hours
dough
crosses
Glaze
METHOD
Prepare
    In a small bowl combine the yeast, sugar and milk. Gently stir to combine, and let rest for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
Knead
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook combine all purpose flour, strong bread flour, pinch of salt, yeast mixture and an egg. Knead for about 5 minutes, then slowly incorporate softened butter. Once all the butter has been added, continue to mix dough for about 5 minutes. Cover with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes.
let rise
    Add the raisins, candied orange, spices and rum to the dough and knead for about 5 - 10 minutes. Once the dough is elastic and glossy, cover the dough with cling film and let rise for about 50 minutes at room temperature, or until doubled in size.
Divide the dough
    Divide the dough into 15 equal parts, each weighting around 60 grams / 2 ounces. Shape each part into a round ball. Place in a baking pan, lined with baking paper. Cover and let rise for 50 minutes in a warm place or until doubled in size.
CROSSES
    To make the crosses: Mix water, flour, melted butter and salt together in a small bowl, until you get a thick, fine paste. Store in the refrigerator until needed.
GLAZE
    To make the glaze: Pour water, sugar, orange, lemon and spices in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Take off the heat and set aside to cool.
Bake
    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Fill a piping bag with the crosses mixture. Pipe lines across tops of the buns in both directions, to form a cross. Place the buns in the preheated oven and bake until golden brown, for about 25 - 30 minutes.
Serve
    Remove from the oven. Brush lightly with sweet glaze and allow to cool on a wire rack or serve them still warm with a generous amount of butter. Enjoy.

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