This recipe is one of Hanno's favourites. He used to love the time of year when hot cross buns started appearing in the shops. When I started making fruit buns at home, he has never wanted to go back to the store bought variety.
HOT CROSS BUNS - made in the bread maker
(makes about 12)
1¼ cups milk
2 tablespoons soft butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
3½ cups white baker's flour
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sultanas or raisins - soaked in orange juice or water for 1 hour before baking
3 teaspoons dry yeast
Measure ingredients into bread maker baking pan and set to the dough setting. Turn on.
When the dough is ready, remove from pan and divide into twelve pieces or leave in a large bun shape.
Knead the dough for each bun into a smooth round shape.
Place the buns about 2" apart on a greased or lined baking sheet. If you're baking one large bun, place it in the centre of the sheet.
Place in a warm spot and allow to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Bake at 190C/375F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.