Hot Cross Buns-Eggfree


Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!
Yes...I have graduated from alphabets to Nursery rhymes:-)
Today under the baking theme for the alphabet H, it is these delicious hot cross buns. 
A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday
 All purpose flour      2 cups
Instant yeast              2tsp
Sugar                        1/3 cup
Warm milk                 1/2 cup
Butter(softened)         1/4 cup
Cinnamon powder      1/4 tsp
Clove powder             2pinches
Black raisins                1/2 cup
Salt                              1/2 tsp
All purpose flour         1/4 cup
Sugar                           2tsp
Water                           1tbsp

Melt the butter for 10 seconds in a microwave
Comine the warm milk, butter and sugar, salt  and stir well
Mix  the flour, cinnamon powder, clove powder,Raisins and the yeast in a wide mouhed bowl
Add the milk mixture to the flour and knead it into a smooth dough
Transfer this to a wooden board and knead it for 10 minutes into a smooth pliable dough
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover it and let it rest for 1 1/2 hrs or till it doubles in volume
Take out the dough, make small buns and place it on a parchment paper or on a buttered tray
Let it rise for 45 minutes
Make a smooth paste with all purpose flour, sugar and water for the cross. The consistency should be that it can be piped. Add water as required.
Transfer this batter to a piping bag and pipe  and pipe cross on each bun
Preheat the oven to 190C
bake these buns for 20-25 minutes
Transfer it to a wire rack and brush them with butter
Serve warm

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