Hot Cross Buns/Eggless Hot Cross Buns

Made these hot cross buns for Maundy Thursday that's today . Hot Cross Buns  are basically sweet spiced buns with raisins and currants and marked with a cross on top. Traditionally eaten in the rest of the world  on Good Friday .But here in India , especially in Mumbai we have it today .
 Maundy /Holy Thursday a day of the Eucharist when Our Lord Jesus had last supper with his 12 apostles .Since we do not eat egg or meat till Easter I made these eggless hot cross buns .They were soft and delish I just tasted one after it was baked  the rest we will share and have today after Mass.So I thought of sharing it with you all before I go to Church.



Ingredients
2 cups Flour
1/4 cup milk
1  tbsp butter
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp clove powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tbsp caster sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup currants

For the cross
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp water


Method:
  • In a sauce pan add milk and butter and place over low heat till the butter is melted and the milk is slightly warm,keep it aside.
  • Sift flour and salt and keep aside.
  • Mix 1/2 tsp sugar and yeast in lukewarm water and let it froth.
  • Mix the yeast mixture to the sifted flour and knead till you have a rough dough.
  • Now add spice powders and  milk to this and knead till you get smooth soft dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a cling foil and allow it to rise.
  • It may take an hour or two.
  • Once the dough has doubled transfer the dough on your working table and dust some flour.
  • Knock out the air by punching the dough with your fist.
  • Sprinkle the raisins and currants and knead well for 4-5 min t.
  • Divide the dough into equal balls ans place it on a lined baking tray .
  • Cover with a damp towel and let it proof for 30 -45 min or until double in size.
  • Meanwhile make a past of flour and water and fill this in a piping /ziplock bag
  • Make cross over each bun using this paste.
  • Preheat the oven for 10 min at 190 degree Celsius.
  • Bake these buns for 18-20 min or till golden brown
  • Transfer to wire rack and allow it to cool completely.





Note
If you want to apply glaze ,make glaze by placing water and sugar in a sauce pan and stir till sugar dissolves.
Bring it to boil  for 3-4 min and brush this glaze on the buns while they are still warm.
Serve these warm or at room temperature.
I have made a icing glaze since i found the cross too pale.I just mixed 1 tbsp milk to 1 cup of icing sugar and filled it in piping bag and piped cross on the buns while they were still warm.


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15 comments:

  1. o my Goodness gloria.. you are the real queen of baking :) these hot cross buns are looking just awesome ... just perfect :)

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    1. hahaha thanks Monu dear but I still got to learn lot to get that Title....

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  2. Absolutely stunning buns dear !

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  3. lovely hot cross buns. I remember going for Mass when I was in school.We use to enjoy going to the little church in Mt.Abu.

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  4. Loveable. Like that its eggless too.

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  5. Great hot cross buns.... baked to perfection...... Plz pass me some.... :)

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  6. they looks so adorably yummy :)

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  7. Yummy! They look just great :)

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  8. Lovely hot cross buns.. these look really good..

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  9. Hot cross buns look amazing...u have made them so well

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  10. Lovely buns. They look perfect and delicious. Yummy :)

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  11. super cute buns,perfect dear..Belated Easter wishes too :)

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  12. These cross buns looks so perfect and mouthwatering......goes perfect with tea as well... Happy easter.....

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