Apricot, Orange and Buddha's Hand Hot Cross Buns Recipe
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Recipe type: Tea bun
Cuisine: British
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Serves: 12 buns
 
Perfect for Easter or a fruity bun craving, these hot cross buns borrow their rich tangy flavors from southern Europe with a duo of citrus and the crowd-pleasing apricot.
Ingredients
  • 600 g all purpose wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp mixed spice (or a blend of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper)
  • 70 g sugar
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 333 ml milk
  • 100 g butter, room temperature, cut into small chunks
  • 100 g dried apricots, diced
  • 100 g candied orange peel, diced
  • 40 g candied Buddha's Hand peel, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat milk until it's lukewarm and mix in the yeast. Let sit 5 minutes.
  2. In a KitchenAid or large mixing bowl, mix flour, salt and sugar. Add yeasted milk and mix well until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Gradually add in butter, spices and dried fruit.
  4. Keep mixing another 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl so everything's been nicely incorporated.
  5. Cover the dough and prove in a warm spot away from wind drafts until doubled in size (up to 2 hours)
  6. Punch down the dough, divide it into 12 equal balls and shape round buns on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. At this stage, you can freeze the balls and pick up the process later.
  7. Cover the buns and let them rise until doubled in size. Flora's mom places the buns in a bin liner to make it as airtight as possible and make proving efficient. I put them in a closed oven with the light on.
  8. Preheat oven at 160C.
  9. Before baking, glaze your buns with 1 egg yolk + 1 Tbsp milk + 1 Tbsp sugar. Make a thick paste by mixing plain flour and water and pipe on the crosses (Flora's mom's trick is to cut a tiny hole in corner of plastic bag to pipe the crosses).
  10. Bake until springy, about 40 to 45 minutes (it might depend on the size your buns, though, so don't stray too far).
  11. Eat sliced with butter and a hot cup of tea. It's heaven!
Recipe by Frog Mom at https://frogmom.com/apricot-orange-and-buddhas-hand-hot-cross-buns-cautionary-tale-and-recipe/