I love Hot Cross Buns. My whole family loves them! We love them so much that we actually whenever we go to the UK take back like two dozen of Hot Cross Buns. In Switzerland we can’t get those delicious buns so it was high time to bake some of my own.
Bake your own Hot Cross Buns
You need: 200 ml milk, 55 g unsalted butter, 14 g dried yeast, 455 g bread flour, 1tsp sea salt, 1 tsp mixed salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 whole nutmeg, 55 g caster sugar, 2 tbsp plain flour, 85 g raisins, runny honey
- Add the milk & 50 ml water to a small pan and place it over low heat for a few minutes. Then set it aside and stir in the dried yeast.
- Take another pan and melt the butter.
- Beat the egg in a separate bowl.
- In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients except the raisins. Mix well and make a well in the center.
- Now add the melted butter, followed by the yeast mixture and the egg to the large bowl.
- Start mixing together your dough. When everything is nicely combined kneed it for another 10 min.
- Place the dough in a bowl, cover it with a warm towel and let it prove for 1h or until doubled in size.
- Take the dough out the bowl and knock out the air. Then add the raisins and incorporate them into the dough.
- Divide the dough into 12 pieces, place them on a baking tray and let them prove under a towel for 30 min until double in size.
- Before the Hot Cross Buns go in the oven make a paste with the 2 tbsp of flour and 2 tbsp of water. With a spoon or piping bag create the typical crosses on top of the buns.
- Bake the Hot Cross Buns for 15 to 20 min in the oven on 190° C.
- When the Hot Cross Buns get out the oven they look a little bland. So take the runny honey and glaze them. And you’re done!
For Easter we always have a big brunch with the whole family. Apart from the fruits, meat, cheese, salmon, bread, croissants and jams I like to do some avocado on toast with a poached egg and not to forget the bacon (yummy).
I love to season my avocado with salt, pepper and a little paprika. Then I go on to putting some of it on a bread, poach an egg and fry up some bacon. It’s the perfect combination. It also works really well with some salmon instead of the bacon.
We had a lovely time and everybody loved the Hot Cross Buns. My sister alone ate like 5 of them. It was such an easy recipe and although you have to let the dough prove twice, which takes time, other than that you don’t have to do much. And have a look at the beautiful eggs my grandmother did for our Easter brunch.
So what do you do on Easter? Do you have any traditions? With us it has always been this way. I like that we come together and just enjoy each others company whilst indulging in some great food.
I hope you had a lovely Easter too and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to subscribe on Bloglovin or via email so you’ll be the first to know about my new posts. xx