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Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

Makes 12

Preparation time: 40 minutes

1st rising time: ¾-1 hour

2nd rising time: 20-30 minutes

Cooking: 15 minutes

 

Buns
500 g (1 lb 2oz) strong plain white bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons ground mixed spice

50 g (2 oz) caster sugar

Grated rind 1 orange

Grated rind 1 lemon

50 g (2 oz) butter, diced

2 teaspoons easy blend dried yeast

200-250 ml (7-8 fl oz) milk

1 egg, beaten

150 g (5 oz) blueberries

 

Crosses

100 g (4 oz) strong plain white bread flour

6 -6 ½ tablespoons water

 

Glaze

2 tablespoons caster sugar

4      tablespoons milk

 

1)    Mix the flour, salt, spice, sugar and fruit rinds together in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub in with fingertips until it resembles fine crumbs then stir in the yeast.

2)    Warm the milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until it feels warm to your little finger. Add the egg to the flour mix then gradually mix in enough of the warm milk to make a soft but not sticky dough.

3)    Tip out on to the work surface then knead for 10 minutes, dusting the work surface lightly with flour as needed. Put the dough back into the bowl, cover with a teacloth and put in a warm place for 45-60 minutes until the dough has doubled in size.

4)    Knead the dough once more then gently knead in the blueberries. Cut the dough into 12 pieces, shape into round buns and put slightly spaced apart on a large greased baking sheet. Cover loosely with a large piece of oiled clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for 20-30 minutes. 

5)    Sift the flour for the crosses into a bowl and mix in just enough water to make a smooth pipeable mixture. Spoon into a disposable plastic or greaseproof paper piping  bag, snip off the tip and pipe crosses over the buns.

6)    Bake at 190°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5 for 15 minutes until well risen and golden. Meanwhile make the glaze by dissolving the sugar in the milk in a small saucepan then boiling for 1 minute. Brush over the buns as soon as they come out of the oven. Leave to cool then serve split and buttered

 

Tip

Make sure to use easy blend dried yeast as this doesn’t need to be frothed in warm water or milk before mixing with flour. If unsure, check on the back of the yeast pack.