Hot cross bun loaf
Makes: 1 x 400g loaf
Cooking time:(or other appropriate cycle in the breadmaker)
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Cheap as chips
A twist on the traditional Good Friday treat, use a breadmaker to make this hot cross bun loaf and enjoy with your evening cuppa.
IngredientsFor this Easter recipe you will need:
For the dough:
- 400g premium white very strong bread flour
- ½ x 7g easy bake yeast sachet
- 3tbsp light muscovado sugar
- 1tsp salt
- 4tsp ground cinnamon
- Grated zest of 2 oranges
- 50g chopped mixed peel
- 100g mixed dried vine fruits, e.g. sultanas, currants
- 30g butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 100ml water
- 3tbsp sugar
- 3tbsp hot water
- 3tbsp plain flour
- 2tbsp sugar
- 3tbsp water
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, grated orange zest, mixed peel and sultanas.
- Add this to the pan in the breadmaker. Add in the butter, beaten egg and water.
- Set to a programme for a small or standard loaf, with raisins, on the breadmaker, and turn on.
- Meanwhile, mix up the glaze. Combine the sugar with the hot water until the sugar is dissolved, set aside with a pastry brush, ready for when the loaf is cooked.
- To make the topping, mix the flour, sugar and water together, and have ready in a piping bag with a thin nozzle.
- When the bread is cooked, turn out of the pan, and immediately brush with the glaze thinly. Pipe the topping on in a cross shape, or alternatively in a crisscross pattern, making several small crosses. To serve, slice and spread with butter.