Children will love helping you to make these too — what a great Bank Holiday family activity!
Hot cross buns
2 packets active dry yeast (7g each)
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup softened butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dried currents
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsps water
1 egg yolk
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
4 teaspoons milk or cream
Pinch of sale salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Heat the water and milk. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
Add the warm milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture well after each addition. Stir in the dried fruit and enough flour to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about six until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl and turn over to grease the top. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (this will take around an hour).
Punch the dough down and shape into 30 balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled (this will take about 30 minutes).
Using a sharp knife, cut a cross (or X) on the top of each roll. Beat the water and egg yolk together and brush over rolls.
Bake at 375F°/190C°/gas mark 5 for 12 to 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make icing by combining the last four ingredients. Stir until smooth, adjusting sugar and milk to make a mixture that flows easily.
When rolls are baked, cool on wire racks. Drizzle icing over the top of each roll following the lines of the cut cross.