This recipe is my go to fruit bun recipe and I always use it for hot cross buns as well at Easter I just add a pastry cross.
For the dough
450g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
2 x 7g sachets easy-blend yeast
50g castor sugar – I use natural golden sugar.
150ml warm milk
50 ML Warm water
1 egg, beaten
50g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
oil, for greasing
1 tsp Himalayan Salt…ordinary salt is ok.
The spices and dried fruit
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
Optional: Orange or lemon zest
Put the flour, yeast, castor sugar and 1 tsp salt into a large mixing bowl with the spices and dried fruit and mix well.
If you want to adda little lemon or orange zest it can be added now.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk, 50ml warm water, the beaten egg and the melted butter.
Mix everything together to form a dough – start with a wooden spoon and finish with your hands.
If the dough is too dry, add a little more warm water; if it’s too wet, add more flour.
Knead in the bowl or on a floured surface until the dough becomes smooth and springy. Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size – this will take about 1 hr depending on how warm the room is.
Tip the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead for a few secs, and divide into 12 even portions – I roll my dough into a long sausage shape, then quarter and divide each quarter into 3 pieces.
Shape each portion into a smooth round and place on a baking sheet greased with butter, leaving some room between each bun for it to rise.
Then cover with the damp tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove for 20 mins until almost doubled in size again.
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas
Bake for 12-15 mins until the buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
While still warm, I brushed with a little fresh honey just to give them a nice slightly sticky finish.
The buttered one is for Esme as I was teasing her earlier ツ
Prepared, tried and tested by: Carol Taylor
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