Hot cross buns with cherry & walnut

Hot cross buns with cherry & walnut
  • Serves: 12
  • Prep: 20mins
  • Cook: 20mins

A variation of this classic Easter recipe, which will impress.

Ingredients

  • 1 (500g) sachet premium white bread mix
  • grated zest 1 lemon
  • 10ml/ 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 10ml/ 2tsp ground mixed spice
  • 150ml/ 1/4pt warm milk
  • 2 large British Lion eggs
  • 25g/ 1oz butter, melted
  • 75g/ 3oz currants
  • 75g/ 3oz glace cherries, quartered
  • 50g/ 2oz walnut pieces, chopped
  • a little milk to glaze
  • 60ml/ 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 30ml/ 2 tbsp clear honey

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/Fan 200C/425F/Gas Mark 7. Empty the bread mix into a large bowl add the lemon zest, sugar and spice. Place the milk in a measuring jug, add the eggs and beat well. Make up to 300ml/ ½ pt with warm water. Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients with the butter, currants, cherries and walnuts and mix well. Knead on a floured surface for 5 mins or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Leave to rest for 5 mins.
  2. Knead for 2 mins then divide into twelve pieces. Shape each piece into a flattish round and place on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk. Cut a cross in the centre of each and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size.
  3. Mix the flour to a smooth paste with about 45ml/3tbsp cold water, then pipe into the crosses formed on top of the buns. Bake for 20 - 25minutes or until golden brown. Remove the buns from the oven and immediately brush with the honey. Leave to cool on the baking sheet for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack. Serve warm with butter.

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