Name of EventEaster Sunday
|Preparation time||20-25 minutes + resting time 1 1/2 -2 1/2 hours resting of dough|
|Cooking time||20-25 minutes|
Making the buns
- 350 gms. plain/all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. ground mixed spice
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 sachet easy-blend/dried yeast
- 25 gms. caster sugar
- 75 gms. currants
- 25 gms., chopped mixed peel (orange, lemon, lime)
- Zest of one lemon
- 75 gms. melted vegan margarine
- 175 ml. warmed soya milk or other dairy free substitute. (full cream milk can be used not on a dairy fee diet using slightly less milk)
Making the crosses:
3 tbs. plain/all- purpose flour
2 tbs. water
Making the glaze:
- 25 gms.sugar
- 30 ml water
- In a large bowl mix the spices, yeast, sugar, currants, mixed peel and lemon zest.
- Make a well in the centre, add the melted margarine and some of the warmed milk. Mix until a soft dough is formed, adding more milk if necessary.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 mins. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size, this will take about 1 -2 hrs.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, knock it down and knead for about 5 mins. Divide into 12 pieces, roll each piece into a ball and leave on a greased baking tray. Leave to rise again for about 30 mins.
- To make the crosses, mix the flour and water to form a thick paste. Spoon into an icing bag with a thin nozzle (or a plastic freezer bag and snip the corner). Slowly pipe along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction.
- Bake at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for about 20 minutes or until golden.
- To make the glaze, gently boil the sugar and fruit juice in a small pan for about 5 minutes until it starts to thicken into a syrup. Brush over the buns while they’re still hot. Allow to set before serving
- These buns can be eaten cold but they are best served warm or toasted.
- The buns will last 2-3 days in an airtight container. They also freeze well, you can slice them in half before freezing tso that they can be toasted without the need to defrost first.