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Hot cross buns

At last Spring is truly with us! The blossom is out, the sun has got his hat on, and as we are now into the final week running up to Easter, what better than to indulge in a traditional seasonal treat… 
Hot Cross Buns!
here’s the recipe to try them out for yourself!
Recipe
1lb plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp Yeast
2 oz butter, melted
1 free range egg, beaten
½ pint milk and water (warmed)
3 oz mixed peel
2 oz castor sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
Method
- Sieve half the flour into a large bowl
- Whisk a little of the warmed milk and water and yeast together, and then the rest of the milk and water mixture
 – Pour into the flour and mix, then cover with a damp cloth in a warm place for 40 mins
- Stir into a separate bowl the remaining flour, salt, lemon, cinnamon and sugar
- Melt butter and beat egg
- Add dry ingredients and pour the butter, lemon and egg into the dough mixture – mix thoroughly
- Heat the oven to 220C
- Cover mixture with damp cloth again, and leave somewhere warm for a further 1 – 1 ¼ hours
- Cut dough into 12 pieces and shape
- Put damp cloth back over the dough and wait another 40 mins for them to rise
- While you wait mix a small bowl of flour and water and roll out flat to make strips for the bun cross
 – Lay strips in cross shape on top of risen dough and bake in the oven for 20mins until golden
Serve fresh from the oven with butter and jam, or invent a new choice of topping like golden syrup?
By Melodie Walter