Easy Easter Hot Cross Buns

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Easy Easter Hot Cross Buns you can make

It’s Easter time again and the shops are filled with Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, chickens and even chocolate fish. This year, why don’t you make your own Easter hot cross buns?

Here is a quick and easy recipe for Easter hot cross buns that you can make in almost no time and impress your family.

Easy Easter Hot Cross Buns (24)

850g cake flour

200g (1½ cups) icing sugar

150g (170ml) margarine / butter

30ml (2Tbsp) baking powder

10ml (2tsp) bicarbonate of soda

1 egg

200g safari cake mix or bakers mix (Raisins, Sultanas and dried Citrus peel)

10 ml (2tsp) mixed spice

500 ml milk

Glazing

50 ml apricot jam

100 ml water

Decorate: Cross on Hot Cross Buns

250ml (1 cup) flour

15ml (1tbsp) margarine or butter

180ml water

Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Sift the dry ingredients together (excluding Bicarbonate of Soda).
  2. Beat the eggs and milk together.  Add the Cake Mix and Bicarbonate of Soda to the liquid.
  3. Add the margarine to the dry ingredients and rub in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4.  Add the liquid to the dry ingredients bit by bit.  Do not over-mix the dough (the dough must have a soft texture but still workable).
  5. Press the soft dough to a thickness of ± 4 cm and cut buns out with a cutter.  Place the buns relatively close to one another on a greased baking sheet.
 For the cross on the top of the bun:
  1. Sift the flour and add the margarine.  Rub in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Add the water bit by bit until the dough is easily stirred.  Mix well to a smooth dough.
  3. Using a piping bag, squeeze horizontal and vertical lines on top of the buns.
  4. Bake at 180C for ± 30 minutes until golden brown.
 For the Glaze:
  1. Heat the apricot jam and water together until well mixed.
  2. Spread the syrup over the hot buns.  Serve warm.

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.Recipe courtesy of:

http://www.mzansistylecuisine.co.za/?p=1411