BBQ Hot Cross Bun’s

April 10, 2020

BBQ Hot Cross Bun’s

WHY EASTER BUNS?

The eating of hot cross buns marks the end of Lent because they are made with dairy products which are forbidden during this period. Different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning. The cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signify the spices used to embalm him at his burial.

WHEN DID IT START?

The first recorded reference of the bun dates back to the early 1700s. The Poor Robin’s Almanac said: "Good Friday come this month, the old woman runs. With one or two penny hot cross buns." One theory suggests that the hot cross buns originated in the 14th century in the city St Albans in Hertfordshire where a certain monk from, Brother Thomas Rocliffe, developed a recipe for Alban Buns which he distributed to the poor on Good Friday.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups currants
  • 40g salted butter
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • Spreadable butter, to serve

Method

1. Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk. Heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to currant mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Use clean hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough.

2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until dough doubles in size.
3. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead for 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C or 170˚C fan-force.
4. Make flour paste: Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.
5. Make glaze: Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.




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