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Nothing says Easter like traditional hot cross buns

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Our services include:

  • Shopping delivered to your door.
  • Shopping assistance to buy Easter eggs, if possible we can drop them off to family and friends.
  • A home refresh including bedding and wardrobe swap over.
  • Home maintenance jobs.
  • Meal preparation.
  • Technology support to stay connected with loved ones, and
  • Exercise plans you can do at home to keep you mobile and strong.

With Easter fast approaching this weekend, here’s a tasty Hot Cross Buns recipe you could try at home.

Ingredients

4 cups plain flour

2 x 7g sachets dried yeast

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 ½ teaspoons mixed spice

Pinch of salt

1 ½ cups currants

40g butter

300ml milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Flour Paste

1/2 cup plain flour

4 to 5 tablespoons water

Glaze

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons caster sugar

Method

1. Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk. Heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to currant mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Use clean hands to finish mixing.

2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until dough doubles in size.

3. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead for 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C or 170˚C fan-force.

4. Make flour paste: Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.

5. Make glaze: Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Bring to the boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns.

Happy Easter!