Recipe: Hot Cross Bun Wheel

HOT CROSS BUN WHEEL

This Easter, Tesco asked us to come up with something fun and creative to bake at home. Our homemade Tear 'n' Share Hot Cross Bun Wheel with cinnamon butter is perfect... but why not go the extra mile and see how creative you can be! Can you shape a #HotCrossBunnie ?

Ingredients

Buns

  • 300 ml warm milk
  • 1 sachet of dried yeast (7g)
  • 350 g strong white flour
  • 150 g strong wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsp mixed peel, chopped
  • 150 g sultanas

Crosses

  • 100 g plain flour

Glaze

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • 3 tbsp water

Butter

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Mix the Dough

Step 1

Mix The Dough

Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Weigh the strong white and wholemeal flours into one big mixing bowl and add the honey, salt, sugar, spice, egg and mixed peel. Pour in the milk and mix until you have a dough.

Knead & Prove

Step 2

Knead & Prove

Knead for 5-10 minutes until really elastic, you may need a little extra flour if it's too sticky. Allow to prove for an hour at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size. Tip in the sultanas if you’re using them and knead again to knock out the air and integrate the dried fruit evenly. If you aren’t using sultanas add 1 tbsp of honey instead to give it a natural sweetness.

Divide & Shape

Step 3

Divide & Shape

Divide and shape into 12 buns. Arrange on a silicon-paper lined baking tray so that buns form a ring (use a ramekin or similar as a marker) but still have space to expand**. Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove again for another 45 minutes or so until the buns have expanded and are now touching each other. ** The dough can also be shaped into bunnies and lined up on the silicon paper to prove for a second time...use your creativity to create your own bunny.

Preheat Oven

Step 4

Preheat Oven

Preheat an oven to 200°C.

The Crosses

Step 5

The Crosses

Mix a thick paste from the plain flour and transfer to a piping bag. Use the paste to pipe a cross onto each bun then bake for 16-18 minutes until golden. Allow to cool a bit.

Glaze

Step 6

Glaze

Dissolve the apricot jam with the water in a small pan or microwave and brush over the buns to form a glaze.

Make the Butter

Step 7

Make The Butter

Whisk the double cream in a mixer until it thickens and then begins to separate. Keep whisking until you have one clump of butter in amongst buttermilk. Squeeze and mould the butter under cold running water to rinse it of any excess butter milk, then knead in the salt and cinnamon.

Serve

Step 8

Serve

Serve the Hot Cross Buns still slightly warm with the homemade butter in a bowl in the centre.

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