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Easter recipe: Boozy hot cross buns

Why not make your own hot cross buns this Easter?

20 minutes
Published: March 24, 2020

Boil 300ml of milk on a low heat.

In a separate pan, place 50g of butter over a low heat until melted.

Add the warmed milk and melted butter into a bowl, mix and leave to cool until mixture reaches room temperature.

Separately, mix 500g of flour, 1 tsp of salt, 75g of caster sugar and 1sp of baking powder into a bowl.

Pour in the warm milk and butter mixture and add 1 beaten egg.

Add in a splash of spiced rum, such as Aldi's Sea Dog Premium (be as generous as you wish!)

Combine the ingredients together to form a sticky dough and place onto a floured surface.

Knead until the mixture becomes smooth and springy and then place the dough into a flour-covered bowl.

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Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 1 hour until the mixture has doubled in size.

Once the dough has risen, place the mixture back onto a floured surface.

Tip in 75g of sultanas, 1 tsp of ground cinnamon and grated orange zest (optional), and knead this into the dough.

Divide the dough into 16 squares and on a floured surface, roll these squares into balls.

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Line these balls onto a baking tray and cover with a damp tea towel to allow the balls to prove for an additional hour until they have doubled in size.

Add 5 tbsp of water, 1 tbsp at a time, to 75g of plain flour to make the paste for the cross.

Use this mixture to then pipe two lines across the top of the buns to make a cross on each, using a piping bag or a spoon.

Place the hot cross buns in the oven at 200c/gas 7 for 20 minutes.

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Melt 2 tbsp of golden syrup in a pan and brush over the top of the buns whilst they're still warm.

Set aside to cool on a wire rack.

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  • 300ml whole milk
  • 50g British unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 575g strong bread flour
  • Table salt
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • premium spiced rum such as Sea Dog
  • 1 orange
  • 75g sultanas
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
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