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Junior's giant hot cross bun

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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HOMEMADE hot cross buns are delicious, so why not try this super-sized giant bun? It's just one-mix, one-knead, one-giant rise bun.

It couldn't be easier, pups.

425g strong plain white bread flour, plus 1tbsp and extra for dusting

½tsp salt

50g butter, cubed

7g sachet fast-action dried yeast

1tsp mixed spice

50g light muscovado sugar

200g mixed dried fruit

125ml milk, plus 1 tbsp for brushing

a grown-up helper

PLACE the plain flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the yeast, and then add the remaining ingredients, except the milk.

Pour the 125ml milk into a jug and ask your grown-up helper to add 125ml boiling water. Stir into the dough and mix until it comes together as a soft ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes. Make it into a giant ball and place it onto a non-stick baking tray. Leave in a warm place for about one hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Ask your grown-up helper to preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Brush the top of the bun with the remaining milk. To make the cross, mix one tablespoon plain flour and one tablespoon water to make a soft paste for piping. Put into a disposable piping bag, snip the end and pipe a cross over the dough.

Ask your grown-up to bake the hot cross bun in the oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Yummy, what a treat!

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