I've made all the bread eaten in this house for well over a year, so today I'm making hot cross buns, a great British tradition for Good Friday. These are just notes so that I can make them again next year. I've simply tweaked the pizza dough I mix in my machine.
for 5-6 hot cross buns
1/2 tsp instant yeast
300g strong white flour
20g melted butter
a handful of sultanas
pinch of salt
tsp mixed spice
When the dough is mixed, form into buns and leave to rise in a warm place. Decorate with a cross - either by slashing, or with a flour and water paste. Bake in a hot oven.
While they are still warm, brush with melted honey. Mmmm
PS as I forgot to put a tsp mixed spice into the mixture, I added it to the honey, which I melted with a drop of water
PPS putting the sultanas into the machine at the beginning means that they get cut up into little pieces, which sweetens the dough, but means you don't have whole sultanas. My machine isn't reliable at mixing in additions, they're often left sitting on the edge of the dough - next time, I think I'll add a few as I'm forming the buns.
PPPS there are so many alternative views about making the flour paste for the crosses, and I'm running out of time - so I simply slashed the buns
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