Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hot Cross Buns ..Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns
One a penny , two a penny
Hot cross buns
If you have no daughters ,
 give them to your sons
One a penny , two a penny
Hot cross buns.

I never knew that such buns really existed until I started blogging.Have been thinking that these were some fancy made up buns for the kids rhymes.Still remember the day when I came across this recipe in a blog , during my early days of blogging, called up my sister and was chatting about it and its history for quite sometime :)
Traditionally these buns are made as a breakfast for the Easter sunday. But for me whether its Easter or Christmas its just the holidays and the holiday spirit that engulfs us matters a lot, hence decided to bake this flavourful bread the past weekend.

 I had picked up couple of cooking books published in the 1980's called the "Hamlyn - The All Colour Cookbook " from the local flea market recently.(These were the only books I could find in english ). It has the recipes for traditionally baked english goodies and 'Hot cross Buns' is one of them.

It may seem like lot of work, but its totally worth the effort.
All the measurements were in oz and pints, I converted them to cups and tblsp for our convenience. Here is the recipe


12 0z / 3 cups Flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnomon powder
1/2 tsp of nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp of all spice powder(optional)
1/4 cup sugar
4 tblsp melted butter
1 eff beaten
1 cup raisin/sultanas/currants

For the yeast mixture:

1 tblsp   dried yeast
 1tsp sugar
2/ 3 cup warm milk (11oF)
2/3 cup warm  water less 3 tblsp
1 cup plain flour

Makes 12 medium sized buns


Step 1:

Take a large bowl.Blend yeast with mixed warm milk , water , sugar and flour.
Leave until frothy, about 20-30 minutes.

Step 2:
In an another bowl sift together remaining flour (3 cups) salt and spices.Add sugar and mix well.
Step 3:
Beat the egg seperatly.  Stir butter, egg and the flour mixture into the yeast mixture.Mix well

Step 4:
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for approximately 10 minutes. Make into a smooth ball, cover with a tea towell or a tight lid and allow it to raise for 1 - 11/2 hour or until the dough is double in size.

Step 5:
Punch down the dough with your knuckles gently, take it on a lightly floured surface. Shape it to a log and divide into 12 equal portions. Take each portion and shape it into a ball by using the palm of one hand, first presing down hard and then easing up.

Step 6 :
Place it on a Baking tray lined with parchment paper, spaced well apart. Cover with a towel or greased polythene bag and allow it to rise for another 30 mins.

As you can see from the picture that I didn't shape the balls properly as I didnt follow the rolling into log and cutting equal shapes part.I just pinched the dough approximately like we do for chapati's.
But the earlier method works the best

Step 7:
Preheat the Oven to 180C.  Make a cross witha very sharp knife to just cut surface of dough. Cut with a sharp knife little deeper , for more prominent cross after baking.Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes. Enjoy the aroma that fills your house.

Step 8 :
For the glaze, Bring 2 tablespoon of milk and 2 tablespoon of water to the boil, stir in 2 tblsp of sugar and boil for 2-3 minutes. Brush hot buns twice

Enjoy your weekend breakfast with a cup of tea.
Taste better the next day when all the sugar  and cinnomon seeps in. 

To serve:  Cut the buns into half .Toast slightly with butter and serve warm.


Cool Lassi(e) said...

Wow Wow Wow. What a sight for the sore(operated, in my case) eye. Lol. Drooling just looking at it. Merry christmas.

Sarah Naveen said...

hey thanx for stopping By Vazhayila!!!
Wow!!! i m drooling looking at those cute hot yummy Buns...
have a Wonderful christmas dea..!!!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely bake. Happy holidays.

Nithya said...

Wow.. they look fantastic :) yummm :)

Vaishali Sharma (Bhutani) said...

Wow! They look so tempting. I am drooling here :) Will try making them soon.

San!!! said...

Lovely buns they look classic n stunning.

BangaloreBaker said...

Wow, beautiful buns.

Pavithra said...

Wow thats looking fantastic with step by step photo....

Laavanya said...

I loved the rhyme as a kid... Buns look very good!

Parita said...

Wow gorgeous buns!! They look so shiny :-)

my kitchen said...

Fantastic buns,kids loves it

jagruti said...

can u give the eggless version of hot cross buns.thx

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