Hot Cross Bun Loaf

classic buns with a tweak
Classic buns with a tweak
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Ingredients

17.6 oz All-purpose flour plus more for dusting
¼ cup Sugar
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Cinnamon
1 pinch Ground nutmeg
1 pinch Ground Allspice
5.75 fl oz Milk lukewarm
0.25 oz Active dry yeast
2 Large eggs
2.8 oz Butter at room temperature
1.7. oz Mixed dried fruits or berries, chopped
1.7 oz Hazelnuts chopped
2 tbsp Orange zest
For crosses:
3 tbsp All-purpose flour
1 tsp Sunflower oil
2-3 tbsp Water cold
2 tbsp Orange marmalade without pieces

Nutritional information

302
Calories
9.3g
Fat
47.9g
Carbohydrate
6.7g
Protein
43mg
Cholesterol
157mg
Sodium
Ingredients
  • For crosses:

Hot Cross Bun Loaf

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Easter is just around the corner! And this Hot Cross Bun Loaf recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch time around this festive period. I am a huge fan of baking projects and Easter buns are one of my favorite things to bake. I make them every year, and you can find this traditional British recipe here. But this year, I decided to make a tweak to the original recipe, and I baked this amazing bun loaf. And my family really loved it!

This fruity loaf is fluffy, soft, and delicately sweet. I have added a handful of cranberries and raisins, chopped hazelnuts, orange zest, and a selection of spices. But feel free to use your favorite dried fruits or nuts. Anyway, this rich loaf would make a perfect food gift to add to your Easter basket too.

To make the Hot Cross Bun Loaf, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Hot Cross Bun Loaf

Steps to make Hot Cross Bun Loaf

1

Combine dry ingredients

1

In a large bowl, combine 17.6 ounces flour, ¼ cup sugar,½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 pinch each nutmeg and allspice.

2

Add milk and yeast

5

Make a depression in the center and add in 5.75 fluid ounces lukewarm milk. Sprinkle in 0.25 ounces active dry yeast and mix with a wooden spoon. Let stand for 5 minutes.

3

Add eggs and butter

1

Add 2 eggs and 2.8 ounces butter.

4

Knead

10

Knead until you get a smooth dough for about 10 minutes.

5

Set aside to rise

2h

Cover and set aside to rise until doubled in size for about 1½-2 hours.

6

Add dried fruits, nuts, and zest

50m

On a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough and sprinkle 5.3 ounces dried fruits, 1.7 ounces chopped hazelnuts, and 2 tablespoons orange zest. Fold and knead the topping into the dough until well combined. Return the dough to the bowl, cover and leave to rise for another 45-60 minutes.

7

Divide dough

60m

Divide the dough into 8 even pieces and shape each into quite tall rounds. Arrange them side-by-side in a greased loaf pan. Avoid having any fruit or nut pieces on the surface. Cover the dough and let rise for 45-60 minutes.

8

Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

9

Make crosses

2

In a small bowl, mix together 0.9 ounces all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon sunflower oil.
Add in water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is smooth and pourable. Put the mix into a piping bag and pipe a cross on top of each dough ball.

10

Bake

40

Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

11

Brush with marmalade

1

Remove the loaf from the oven and turn it out onto a wire rack. Brush with orange marmalade. If the marmalade is too thick, add a bit of hot water and whisk.

12

Serve

Slice, serve and enjoy!

Make this delicious Hot Cross Bun Loaf and have a slice or two for Easter breakfast or lunch. If you make this recipe, let us know! And don’t forget to tag a photo #cookmerecipes on Instagram so we can see.

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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Athina

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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