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How to bake the best Hot Cross Buns in your RATIONAL

RATIONAL Chef Peter Kelly gives you his secret recipe for making the most eggcellent (see what we did there?) Hot Cross Buns in your RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter®!

Ingredients (Number of portions: 24)

Active dry yeast-30 gm
Caster sugar – 220 gm
Lukewarm milk -750 ml
Plain flour, sifted -1270 gm
Mixed spice – 20 gm
Ground cinnamon – 20 gm
Unsalted butter, melted – 100 gm
Eggs – 02 ea
Sultanas – 400 gm
Candied mixed peel, optional -100 gm
Plain flour, extra -150 gm
Water-160 ml
Unsalted butter, to serve

For the glaze:
Water – 30 ml
Gelatine powder -4 tsp
Caster (superfine) sugar -220 gm
Water, extra- 120 ml

Place the yeast, 2 teaspoons sugar and the milk in a large bowl and set aside for 5 minutes. The mixture will start to foam, indicating that the yeast is active.

Add the flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, butter, egg, sultanas, mixed peel and remaining sugar to the yeast mixture and mix picture (1)
until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 8 minutes or until elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean, damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Divide the dough into 24 pieces and roll into balls. Arrange the dough balls in a lightly greased 1/1 GN Granite Enamel 20mm pan. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until risen. Place the extra flour and the water in a bowl and stir to combine. Place in a piping bag or a plastic bag with one corner snipped off, and pipe crosses on the buns.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and springy to touch.

While the hot cross buns are baking, make the glaze. Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle over the gelatine. Set aside for 1–2 minutes or until the gelatine is dissolved. Set aside. Place the sugar and extra water in a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Use a wet pastry brush to remove any sugar crystals on the side of the pan. Add the gelatin mixture and cook for 1–2 minutes or until the gelatin is dissolved. Brush with the warm glaze while the buns are still hot.

Serve warm with butter. Makes 24.

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