It’s hard to keep up traditions with all that’s going on in the world today. As easter approaches this weekend amidst all the implementations of social distancing and hesitation to venture outside, most of us are venturing into trying our hand at different recipes at home and we love to see it! A treat enjoyed around the world and especially here in trinidad and tobago for Easter are Hot Cross Buns! They’re a staple for Easter and while a lot of us are naturally gifted in the kitchen others may need some extra help! I’m happy to share with you one of my favourite recipe’s for hot cross buns that I have been using for the past six years!
Preparation time: 2hr 25minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes
Total time 2 hr 45 minutes
Yield 12-14 buns
1/4 cup rum
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/4 cups milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp yellow colouring(optional)
6 tbsp butter
2 tsp yeast
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
4 1/2 cups Flour
1 tbsp milk
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or essence)
Pinch of salt
4 tsp milk (or as needed)
1) Lightly grease a 10" square pan or 9" x 13" pan.
2) Mix the rum with the dried fruit and raisins, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave briefly, just till the fruit and liquid are very warm, and the plastic starts to "shrink wrap" itself over the top of the bowl. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Fruits can also be soaked ahead of time.
3) When the fruit is cooled, mix together all of the dough ingredients (including the eggs) hold out the fruit for the time being as they would be added last. Knead the mixture, using an electric mixer or bread machine or manually, until the dough is soft and elastic. The dough would be very soft and sticky, sticking to the bottom of the bowl and your hands as you work with it (greasing your hands helps). Finally mix in the fruit and any liquid not absorbed.
4) Let the dough rise for 1 hour, covered. It should become puffy, though may not double in bulk.
5) Divide and portion the dough into small pieces, about 3 3/4 ounces each. Use your greased hands to round them into balls and arrange them in the prepared pan. You'll make 12 to 14 buns.
6) Cover the pan, and let the buns rise for 1 hour, or until they've puffed up and are touching one another. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.
7) Prepare your egg wash by whisking together the egg and milk. Gently brush it over the buns.
8) Bake the buns for 20 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven, carefully turn the buns out of the pan (they should come out in one large piece), and transfer them to a rack to cool.
9) Mix together the icing ingredients, and when the buns are completely cool, pipe it in a cross shape on top of each bun.
Recipe by Unicakery
Unicakery was started in November of 2017 by Naomi Anderson and functions fully as an online bakery, set with the objectives of creating high quality and uniquely magical desserts.
All desserts are made to order. Check us out on facebook and instagram @Unicakery and @Unicakerydipped