Friday, April 22, 2011

Citrusy Hot Cross Buns

It’s a lovely windy sunny spring, and all the spring flowers are blooming. The aroma of these freshly baked hot cross buns hangs around in my kitchen and it certainly adds the joy of making them. Hot Cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and Easter in Christian households, beyond the religious significance, hot cross buns are rich in folklore. Eating one is a symbol of friendship for the coming year when shared with another. Sailors would often bring the buns aboard to guard against shipwrecks and hanging a hot cross bun in the kitchen would help protect against fires and would guarantee that all breads baked in the kitchen would turn out well. Who knew?

This year I used the same recipe from my previous posting but with some minor changes.


285 gram flour
12 gram milk powder
7 gram yeast
40 gram sugar
1 tbsp of orange zest
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
70 – 80 ml of milk
1 egg
75 gram water roux (refer to the recipe here )
50 gram soft butter

Flour Paste:

3 tbsp flour
2 ½ - 3 tbsp water

1. In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer with hook attachment, mix all the ingredients together except for the butter and dried fruits. Mix and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If the dough is too sticky add extra flour (1 tbsp) at a time to the dough.
2. Mix in the dry fruits and butter and continue to knead until smooth. Lightly oil the bowl, cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let the dough rest at a warm place until double in size. This will take 1 ½ to 2 hours.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, punch down the dough, shape the dough into a log and cut into 9 - 10 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and put it into the baking sheet. Cover with a plastic wrap and let it rest in a warm place until almost doubled in size.
4. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F. Prepare the flour paste. Combine the flour and water, stir into a smooth paste, add a little bit more water if it is too thick. Put into a piping bag.
5. Brush the bread with some egg wash, cut the piping bag and pipe flour paste over the top of the bread to create a cross. Baked the buns for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.

May this Easter bring you hope, love and faith. Happy Easter!


Beachlover's Kitchen said...

Gert,you're very good making this type of bun!! wish I have your energy!! yummy!!

ReeseKitchen said...

Happy Easter Gertrude...:) Very nice hot cross buns, good with a cup of coffee!

Jeannie said...

Happy Easter to you Gert, and your hot cross buns looks really soft and beautiful:)

mary-anne said...

Your hot cross buns look absolutely delicious! I haven't eaten them in such a long time and now you're making me hungry for them! Wishing you a Happy Easter!


Honey Bee Sweets said...

Pefect looking hot cross buns Gert! Love the addition of citrous in it.  happy Easter!

Katie said...

They look yummy and so perfectly light and fruity. Happy Good Friday!

My Little Space said...

Happy Easter Day to you & your family too! I have once celebrated it when I was attending Sunday school during my teenage stage. It was quite fun drawing the eggs. :o) You have fun too!

ann low said...

Your hot cross buns look so good :)
Happy Easter!

lena said...

happy easter to you and may this easter brings lots of love and joy to you and your family too while you all enjoying these buns!!!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

This is a nice treat for this great season! Happy Easter to you and your family!

mycookinghut said...

You are a fantastic baker! I love eating hot cross buns.. delicious!

Alice said...

looks so delicious!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Lovely buns and Happy Easter!

ICook4Fun said...

Lesley, ha ha I actually like making bread since Carlos eat quite a bit of it. This is something that I like to bake for the Holy Week.

Reese, thank you Reese. Yea we had these for our breakfast everyday :)

Jeannie, Happy Easter to you too and thank you.

Mary-Anne, you can make some for yourself. They are not difficult. Happy Easter to you too.

Bee Bee, Happy Easter to you too.

Katie, thank you.

Kristy, thank you. Are you from a Catholic school? Yea I remember attending Sunday school every week for so many years :)

Ann, thank you and Happy Easter to you too.

Lena, thank you for your kind wishes. Hope you have a blessed Easter too.

Sonia, thank you.

Leemei, we love eating this too and I don't know why I baked this only once a year :)

Alic, thank you.

LCOM< thank you.

Lisa said...

Mmm, your buns would make for one sweet Easter breakfast. They look so fluffy and soft. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your hot cross buns up.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

Happy Easter Gert and Carlos!! did you do anything special for Easter Day?

Elin said...

Gertrude...these are nice buns...long time no make hot cross buns :) yours looks yummy and now the weather is warmer so you can make more buns and share with me :)
Btw I've tag u in an Easter Game @ 5 Recipes To Celebrate Easter!! Pls come & join in the party :)

Carolyn Jung said...

These look lovely! I admit that it took reaching my adult years for me to really appreciate hot cross buns. As a kid, they were not my thing. I think it was the candied fruit that I turned up my nose at. But now? Oh, I love them freshly baked just like these.