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Homemade Hot cross buns

A hot cross bun is a spiced bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross symbolizing the crucifixion of Christ and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_cross_bun).Hot cross buns
These buns are readily available in most stores, but why not try and make your own with this very easy recipe. They are delicious and leave your kitchen smelling warm and spicy.
Hot cross buns
You will need:
2.5 cups of cake flour
1 sachet of instant yeast
1 tsp of salt
2 Tbsp of sunflower oil
175ml warm water
5ml mixed spice
1ml nutmeg
125ml fruit cake mix
2 Tbsp smooth apricot jam (melted)
For the crosses:
45ml cake flour
25ml water
Method:
Combine flour, yeast, salt, sunflower oil, spices, nutmeg and warm water. Combine till a smooth dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky, just add a bit of flour till the consistency is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with cling wrap for about 30 minutes until it doubles in size. Remove dough from bowl and knead in the fruit cake mix until evenly distributed. Roll into balls about fist size and place next to eachother on a baking tray.
For the crosses, combine the flour and water to a paste consistency and place in a piping bag with a single holed nozzle. Pipe crosses over the top of the buns and leave to stand for about 10 minutes. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and baste with melted apricot jam. Place buns back in the oven for 10 minutes and voila! Delicious hot cross buns. Serve with butter or enjoy just as they are.
Hot cross buns
Hot cross buns

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