My sweet spiced oversized buns made with sultannas and marked with a cross on top are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. However I like to eat them all year round if possible and I have a confession to make there usually shop bought…shock horror I know! With it coming up to Easter soon I decided to have a go at making my own this year. I’ve never made them before not even when I worked in a bakery although I’ve made scones & fruit teacakes and these buns are like a hybrid of the two plus a little more tasty with the extra bit of spice and sugar glaze they are a truly an amazing bake!
500g strong white bread flour
40g Trex or block baking butter I used the latter plus extra for greasing.
1 tsp salt
2 tsp fast action dried yeast
50g Caster sugar
2 tsp ground mixed spice
300 ml milk
80g plain flour
50g Caster sugar
Transfer to a floured worktop and knead for about 10 minutes, until the dough is elastic and smooth.
5. Grease a baking tray , then arrange the buns and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes. preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius/fan 180 degrees Celsius/ gas mark 6.
.You could roll out and cut into lengths and place on top or alternatively you could just use a sharp knife to cut a cross on top of the buns just before baking. Bake the buns for 25-30 minutes, until risen and golden brown.
7. Carefully heat the caster sugar with 5 tbsp of water for a couple of minutes to make a glaze. Brush over the buns while they are still warm.
They are lovely with a cup of tea and I also like to smear mine
with a little lemon curd too 💛
I will make these again asap and probably update the recipe with better pics/buns 😜. Meanwhile it’s Pie week and I’m going to be adding a fruity apple & mixed berry one at some point during the week 💚💜