Thursday, 28 March 2013

Wholewheat Hot Cross Buns

This is the first time I've ever made Hot Cross Buns and they turned out delicious. I went for the healthy option and used wholewheat flour as I love the taste of brown bread.
Please give this recipe a try :)

Ingredients :
4 cups wholewheat flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg
2 tea spoons ground cinnamon
1 tea spoon ground allspice
1 tea spoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons fast active yeast
1/2 a cup warm water
4 table spoons of milk (room temp)
Currents or dried fruit as needed

Preparation Method:
Sift flour into a large bowl
Add yeast and all the dry ingredients to the bowl and give it a good mix.
Lightly whisk an egg in a small bowl and add to the other ingredients along with the milk and water.
Mix until a nice dough is formed  adding more flour if it's too sticky.( don't make the dough too tough)
Form the dough into a ball.
Grease a bowl with butter turning the ball of dough into it to cover it with butter.
Cover the bowl with cling film and place in a warm (draft free) place to allow the dough to double in size.
Once the dough has doubled, lightly punch the air out of it and knead it lightly 4-5 times.
Pre heat the oven to 180
Roll out rounds to your preferred size (bearing in mind that they will rise in the oven)
place the buns on a greased oven dish and using a knife score out a cross on each of the buns.

For the Cross:
Mix some plain flour and water together to make a smooth paste and put in a piping bag or do what I did (use a zip lock bag) and make a tiny snip in the corner.
Pipe the flour onto the scorched crosses and let sit until your ready to put them in the oven.

Place the buns on the middle shelf and bake for 20 minutes, turning the oven down to 150 for the last 5 minutes.
Enjoy as they are or toasted with yummy butter :) 

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