Hot Cross Bun Loaf

As it’s Easter I have decided to make a seasonal baking post.

Hot cross buns, Simnel cake and spiced Easter cookies are always a hit; special bakes for a particular time of year.

However, this year I opted to make something a little different that I have been wanting to try for a few years: a hot cross bun loaf.

In my opinion, the loaf was actually nicer than individual hot cross buns but instead of replacing the buns, next year I will make both for my family and I to enjoy.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

250g bread flour

250g plain flour

1 sachet (7g) yeast

75g granulated sugar

1tsp ground mixed spice

1tsp ground cinnamon

250g mixed dried fruit

250ml milk

50g butter

1 large egg

For the cross:

25g plain flour

1/2tsp sunflower oil

1tbsp icing sugar

For the glaze:

2tbsp milk

3tbsp caster sugar

 

Method:

  1. Sift together both flours, mixed spice, cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
  2. Stir in the yeast, sugar and dried fruit.
  3. Heat the butter with the milk till it is melted and lukewarm.
  4. Add the egg and milk mixture to the flour and mix to form a dough.
  5. Knead for 10 minutes.
  6. Put in a greased bowl and cover with Clingfilm.
  7. Leave in a warm place till doubled in size.
  8. Turn onto a floured surface and knead gently till smooth.
  9. Divide the dough in half and shape both halves into a loaf shape.
  10. Put each into a greased 22cm loaf tin.
  11. Cover with Clingfilm and leave till doubled in
  12. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  13. To make the paste for the cross, stir together the flour, oil, icing sugar add 4tsp of water.
  14. Put some flour on the work surface and shape the paste to make two crosses.
  15. Attach the cross to the dough with a bit of water.
  16. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  17. To make the glaze, heat the milk and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.
  18. Once the loaves are done brush the glaze over them.
  19. Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin then take out to cool fully on a rack.

And now you can enjoy a special Easter loaf!

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