For many, Easter times comes with many traditions.
Easter egg hunts (which might I say I am still keen as a bean to do every Easter morning!), eating fish on Good Friday or maybe even, like for us… Hot Cross Buns! Making that annual appearance and filling the house with that well loved spiced doughy aroma, then slathering in butter up and biting into that Easter favourite.
Now, with my not so recent obsession with all things chai I thought Hot Cross Buns was the perfect opportunity to give it a friendly shake up! And serving with honey is the perfect complement to those beloved chai spices.
So here we go! Get excited my friends!
CHAI HOT CROSS BUNS
1 tablespoon dried yeast
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cup warm milk
4 cups of bread flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamon
2 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup sultanas
Flour paste for crosses:
1/2 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons milk
butter & honey
1. Combine yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl, stir to combine, cover, and stand in a warm place for around 10 minutes or until mixture is frothy
2. In the meantime, sift the flour and spices into a large bowl
(if you love those chai flavors don’t be afraid to heap those teaspoons! the level of flavour is all up to you!)3. Make a well in the centre and pour in melted butter, yeast mixture, egg, and sultanas and mix into a soft sticky dough. Cover and stand for around 1 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in bulk4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and springs back when pushed
5. Divide into 16 even sized balls and place in a high sided tin. Cover and stand in a warm place for around 30 min or until the dough has doubled in bulk again
6. Meanwhile, for the crosses, fill a piping bag with a small plain tube, with combined the flour and sugar. Preheat the oven to 200C. When the dough has doubled, pipe across the buns to form crosses.
7. Bake the chai hot cross buns in the oven for 20 minutes or until well browned. Whilst in the oven, for the glaze, combine the sugar and milk and heat at intervals in the microwave, stirring, until thick and syrupy. Brush the buns with the glaze right after they come out of the oven, remove from tray and leave to cool on wire rack – orrrrr enjoy these easter goodies fresh out of the oven with a slab of butter and honey!
Have a wonderful weekend! (and have an easter egg hunt…. for my sake 😛 ) and eat lots of chocolate!
Thanks for stopping by!
DAISY AND THE FOX