Hot cross buns
I have always wanted to make hot cross buns - I love them - they are a big favourite in our house. But with my fear of cooking with yeast I have avoid giving them a go until Sunday. Sunday was wet, cold and grey - perfect weather for some cooking. The recipe I used is from taste.com (recipe) - I made 2 changes to the recipe - I doubled the amount of spices and I used an apricot jam glaze instead of the sugar glaze - this is so much nicer (heat jam in the microwave until hot, spread over top of hot cooked buns). I used the KitchenAid to make these buns so slightly modified the order of the recipe.
This was taken at the start of the second rise
Having a rest!!
They only took 15 minutes to cook even though the recipe said 30 minutes. You will notice that none of these buns have the cross on top (made from flour and water) - I was too lazy and didn't think the cross added any improvements to the taste, so I skipped that part. As my colleague at work said - I didn't really make hot cross buns, just simply old fashion currant buns!!!
My son ate 4 last night (and they are larger than the shop bought buns!) and I took one to work this morning. I froze 5 buns as they only keep fresh for a few days.
Now I can make current buns (or hot no-cross bun) whenever I like