Everyone loves hot cross buns at Easter. Make them extra special this Easter by making your own malted hot cross buns Serves: 12
Prep time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
- 500g (1lb) strong white bread flour
- 250g (8oz) malted strong brown flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 90g (3oz) butter, cubed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice
- 60g (2oz) light muscovado sugar
- 150g (5oz) mixed dried fruit
- 90g (3oz) dried apricots, chopped
- 7g sachet easy-bake dried yeast
- 300ml (½ pint) warm milk
- 2 tbsp malt extract (we used Rayner’s)
- 2 medium eggs
For the crosses:
- 90g (3oz) plain white flour
- 2 tbps golden caster sugar, to glaze
- Large baking sheet, buttered
- Piping bag fitted with a 5mm nozzle
- Sift the white flour and malted strong brown flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the spices, sugar, dried fruit and yeast. Make a well in the centre. Beat the milk, malt extract and eggs together and pour into the flour. Mix well to a soft dough. Turn it out on to a floured surface and knead for about 10 mins, until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place for about 45 mins to rise.
- Turn out dough and knead lightly for a few minutes. Divide into 12 and shape each piece into a bun. Place well apart on the baking sheet, and cover loosely with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for 45 mins, until doubled in size.
- Cut a cross in the top of each bun with a sharp knife. Mix the flour with 3-4 tbsp cold water to form a paste. Pipe a cross on top of each bun.
- Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Bake the buns for 15-20 mins.
- Put the sugar into a cup with 1 tbsp boiling water. Stir until syrupy. Remove the buns from the oven and brush with the glaze while still warm. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.