My husband and I both love hot cross buns and they are certainly very popular around Easter time. However every time I go to the supermarket I really feel like I am being ripped off having to pay so much for 6 which we would probably consume in one day! The recipes are actually really low cost and the only thing that we had to buy was some sultanas/rasins! However, after arriving home with my sultanas I realised that I had run out of plain flour! So, I used a recipe for scones and essentially made hot cross scones! This recipe was REALLY FAST as they do not need the rising time that the yeast in bread requires, and the scones were still VERY tasty. I also think that this recipe is very child friendly, it might me a nice family Easter activity which allows you to explain all about why there is a cross on hot cross buns!
- 3 cups self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 60g butter
- 4 tbs sugar
- 1/2 cup sultanas and rasins
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tbs caster sugar
Preheat oven to 220C
Sift dry ingretients into a bowl
Rub butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
Stir sugar and egg into dry ingredients and enough milk to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly.
Pat out to approximately 1cm thickness and using a 5cm round cutter, cut into scones.
place onto a lightly greased oven tray.
Crosses: mix together four and water to make a soft paste (I added about a tablespoon extra water as it was easier to pipe). Using a piping bag and small plain tube, pipe a cross on each scone.
Bake at 220C for 12-15 min.
Glaze: in a small saucepan combine the water and caster sugar, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove scones from oven and brush warm scones with warm glaze.
We ate them with melted butter which was delicious!