Apart from getting excited about the Easter Bunny visiting, oh and mini eggs, what else do you think of when it comes to Easter? Well for me it has to be traditional Hot Cross Buns!
That sweet flavour of cinnamon and fruit mixed together with a good cup of tea is amazing! So when I was asked to try make my own by Yutaka, the same company that brought you the Yutaka Noodles, I jumped at the chance. I was told they would be a little different from the normal variation we were so used to as the recipe and ingredients I was kindly given uses Yutaka Yuzu citrus.
Ive never actually made my own bread before, other than Naan breads which i make regularly. So lets just say i was aware of the method but i havent perfected the art just yet!
The recipe was easy enough to follow but it requires patience. After kneeding the dough you need to wait until it doubles in size, kneed again and wait a further hour or so, separate into balls then leave again for an hour. So it is by no means a quick recipe, but its worth it.
I must admit I do love the shop bought varienty, but seriously, nothing beats homemade does it? They may not look pretty (but remember this was my first time) but they did taste amazing.
Heres the recipe – give it a try – just in time for the Easter Weekend!
Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns
For the buns:
- 575g strong bread flour
- 75g caster sugar
- 75g sultanas
- 50g mixed peel
- 7g quick working yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 250ml milk
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1½ tbsp. Yutaka Yuzu
- 2 tbsp water
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 50g butter
- 2 eggs beaten
For the cross:
75g plain flour
For the glaze:
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp water
Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, heat the milk, honey, yuzu, water, lemon zest and butter stirring constantly until butter has melted. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes then pour into a well in the centre of the flour mix.
Combine using a wooden spoon then use your hands until the ingredients are all combined. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
Place your dough in a greased bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise until doubled in size. Then add your sultanas and mixed peel whilst still in the bowl, knead to combine all the ingredients and leave once again to rise for about an hour. Make sure the cling film is also greased to avoid a crust forming on your dough.
Once the dough has risen again, divide into 15-20 pieces and roll into smooth balls. Line them up on parchment-lined baking trays allowing enough space for them to once again expand. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave for a further hour.
Preheat oven to 220c or gas mark seven. Mix the flour for the cross with some water to make a basic dough. Place in piping bag and pipe one line across each bun then repeat to form the cross.
You can brush buns beaten egg to give a glaze.
Bake for around 20 mins or until buns are golden brown on top. Remove pan from the oven and let buns cool on a rack for 15 minutes.
Mix the caster sugar with boiling water and, once buns have cooled a little, brush with glaze.