So you’ve decided to take on the messy mayhem of bun making with kids? Give yourself a pat on the back! It will take a few hours and be extremely messy but the results are totally worth it!
About a year ago the lovely librarian in our local library offered us a CD of nursery rhymes which they were about to throw away. Naive 2017 Catherine thought ‘why not? It’ll be nice to have some nursery rhymes while we drive’.
It’s been a year since then. I’ve had the radio on in my car and I’ve now heard the Current Bun song 67,352 times.
Hot cross buns weren’t really on my baking radar but my 3 year old has been desperate to make current buns that are, “round and fat with a cherry on top”. We settled for round and fat with a cross on top because who doesn’t love a hot cross bun?
As I say these do require a bit more effort but they taste amazing and have been described as ‘a little bite of heaven’!
For the buns
- 10g dried fast action yeast
- 500g strong white flour
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 50g melted salted butter
- 70ml warm milk
- 200ml warm water
- One grated apple
- 200g sultanas
- Grated rind of 1 orange
- Generous teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the crosses;
- 5 tablespoons plain flour
- 1-2 tablespoons of water
- Heaped tablespoon apricot jam
If you have a stand mixer feel free to make you dough using your mixture and dough hook attachment. I foolishly opted for the old fashioned bowl and spoon method which, although brilliant fun, did result in my scraping air dried bun dough off my dining chairs for a considerable amount of time.
In a jug, combine the water, sugar and yeast, and sit for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes a bit frothy.
In a large bowl add the flour and stir in the yeast mixture. Whilst stirring, add the milk, egg and melted butter. Mix with your hands until a VERY sticky dough forms.
Knead the dough for about ten minutes or until smooth and elastic. This is when we like to play Spider-Man as the stickiness level is intense!
Plop back into the bowl and cover with film. Leave in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
Uncover and add the apple, sultanas, cinnamon and orange zest. Give a much quicker knead to incorporate these into the dough. Return to the bowl and re-cover.
Pop back in a warm place for an hour or until doubled in size again. In the meantime line 2 baking sheets with baking paper .
Separate the dough into 8-10 even sized balls and pop onto the baking sheets giving plenty of space in between. Loosely cover with a greased sheet of film and leave in a warm place again for about half an hour or double the size.
Preheat the oven to 200°C Gas Mark 8.
Mix the plain flour and water together to make a thick paste. Pipe or drizzle the paste over the buns to create a cross.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until raised and golden.
Spoon the apricot jam into a microwave safe bowl or mug and heat for 15-30 seconds or until runny.
Whilst still warm from the oven, gently brush the tops of the buns with the jam.
Enjoy warm with butter or slice and toast for a special breakfast 😀
For Chocolate Orange buns
Make the dough as per the above but at the point of adding the fruit add the zest of 1 orange and 100g chocolate chips or chunks.
Proof and bake as above and glaze with a little maple syrup.