In my house it's not spring until the first Hot Cross Bun has been eaten! This year I decided I wanted to make a Hot Cross Bun Loaf, it turned out super yummy, so I thought I would share it with you.. The recipe that is, there is actually no Hot Cross loaf left!
Rub together the flour and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the yeast, sugar, dried mixed fruit and cinnamon and mix.
Make a well in the middle of your mix, add your boiling water to your milk. Make sure the liquid is warm and not overly hot, before pouring into the well.
Mix together until a ball of dough is formed.
Tip onto a well floured surface and knead for a good 10 minutes. You will know when you have done enough kneading. The dough will change texture and will be quite elastic to the pull.
Millie helped me...
Put your dough into a well greased loaf tin, or alternatively shape as you would like and place onto a well greased baking tray.
Put it somewhere warm to rise, I covered mine with a damp tea towel and placed near the window (it was a sunny day)
Once the dough has doubled in size it is ready for the oven
To make the cross part of your hot cross loaf you need to mix a paste of flour and water, then pipe a cross onto your loaf. Lastly, brush some milk onto your loaf and place in a pre heated oven (180 degrees) for 30 minutes.
Once out of the oven Tap the base of your loaf, if it sounds hollow it's done!
This loaf was quite a large size, however its so moorish that it doesn't last long in this house!