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Hot Cross Buns with delicious filling options
Hot Cross Buns with delicious filling options

Fill hot cross buns with delicious toppings to take this Easter favourite to new flavour heights.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 45 min
Serves: 8

Ingredients:

 

Hot Cross Buns

 

375 ml (1½ C)

bread flour

375 ml (1½ C)

cake flour

10 g

instant yeast

60 ml (¼ C)

castor sugar

5 ml (1 t)

cinnamon

5 ml (1 t)

cloves

5 ml (1 t)

nutmeg

5 ml (1 t)

white pepper

375 ml (1½ C)

chocolate, chopped

250 ml (1 C)

warm milk

125 ml (½ C)

warm milk

125 ml (½ C)

butter

3

eggs

For the Cross

 

60 ml (¼ C)

flour

30 ml (2 T)(

water

5 ml (1 t)

sugar

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.

  • Mix yeast, warm milk and sugar in a jug and set aside.

  • Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl.

  • Add the chocolate.

  • Beat the eggs into the yeasty milk and add to the dry ingredients in the bowl.

  • Knead while slowly adding butter until smooth.

  • Shape into small bun sized balls and place in a greased pan.

  • Allow sufficient space between each ball for proofing.

  • Allow to proof until doubled in size.

  • For the cross, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and transfer into a piping bag.

  • Pipe the cross over the buns and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Pumpkin Butter Ingredients:

 

500 g

Eskort Minced Bacon

500 g

pumpkin, cubed

45 ml (3 T)

olive oil

60 ml (¼ C)

butter

5 ml

vanilla essence

45 ml

brown sugar

Method:

  • Pan-fry the bacon until crispy.

  • Toss pumpkin in olive oil, sugar and vanilla. Place on a greased baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes.

  • Place the pumpkin, bacon and butter in a food processor and blend until smooth.

  • Refrigerate before serving.

Bacon Caramel Ingredients:

 

250 ml (1 C)

castor sugar

45 ml (3 T

butter

60 ml (¼ C)

cream

1 pinch

salt

500 g

Eskort Minced Bacon

Method:

  • Heat sugar in a pan over moderate heat.

  • Swirl the pan gently as the sugar starts to melt.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently.

Serve

  • Slice open hot cross buns, fill with ice cream and top with pumpkin butter or bacon caramel.

Tips 

  • Baking your own hot cross buns is a fun activity that you can get the kids involved in.

  • If you can get to the shops, buy hot cross buns to save time.

 
Recipe Meal Type: - Baking
The following product can be used with this recipe:
Eskort Minced Bacon

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