Pleasant Spice Mix
Hot Pleased Buns
Make them Cross (Optional)
Pleasant Spice Mix
1Mix together equal parts mace, orange powder and lemon powder. You only need 2 teaspoons for this recipe but while you are at it why not make a little extra and store in an airtight container for other interesting recipes.
The Buns! With or without crosses
1Whisk yeast, sugar and the 3/4 cup of warm milk in a jug. Set aside for 10 minutes or until frothy. Whisk the 1/2 cup of cold milk, butter and egg. In a separate bowl combine flour, dried fruit, Pleasant Spice Mix and salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture. Use a wooden spoon to stir until combined then use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 to 15 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
2Once the dough has risen, punch down the center of the dough with your fist then knead on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes. Shape into 12 even portions. Grease a baking tray with melted butter and place portions side by side. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm spot for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
3Pre heat oven to 200c. To make the crosses combine flour and water to make a paste, place in a zip lock bag, cut a corner to make a 2mm hole and pipe crosses onto the buns, Bake for 10 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 160c and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Transfer buns to a wire rack. Heat apricot jam over low heat until warm and runny then brush the tops of the buns and let cool slightly.
With so many food options now days you can really experiment with a range of different tastes and ingredients. Why not try Matcha Hot Cross Buns by our friends over at Wandercooks. Their buns even have a special little tasty surprise inside! A must try.