Blueberry Hot Cross Buns, Perfect Easter treat

Easter normally means a lot of family gatherings and catching up with friends. It’s definitely a bit strange this year being in lock down, but that hasn’t stopped us from baking! These blueberry hot cross buns came about as we didn’t actually have any raisins in the cupboard… So we made a few adjustments to a traditional recipe so that we could enjoy some hot cross buns this Easter.

We’ve already eaten a few while sitting in the sunshine. I actually really enjoy the combination of sweet frozen and chewy dried blueberries, but you could use all frozen, all dried, or all fresh if you have them!

This isn’t a quick bread as it does need some time to prove after kneading. . If you’re not feeling as enthusiastic about kneading as my daughter was (haha!) then you can use a mixer with a dough hook. If you have a Thermomix, the dough setting is great for bread. Don’t add the fruit until right at the end, and just fold in a few times to distribute the blueberries.

Blueberries
Pour half the milk in at first and add more if needed
Always handy to delegate the messy jobs 😉
Keep mixing the dough by hand until all of the dry ingredients are combined and the dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl
Knead the dough until it becomes elastic. I find stretching it and hitting it back on the work board is the easiest technique (and a pretty good way to get rid of any stress!)
Stretch out the elastic dough and fold in the blueberries in as few folds as possible. Pop into a greased bowl for the first prove
Shape roughly into balls and pop onto a lined tin. We used a cake tin with high sides, covered it with cling film and sat it in the sunshine for a 2nd prove
When the buns have doubled in size again, mix the topping into a paste and fill a piping bag
Raw blueberry hot cross buns
Pipe crosses on top of each bun
Blueberry Hot Cross Buns ready to eat
Bake until golden, then enjoy!
Blueberry Hot cross buns
The combination of frozen and dried blueberries worked really well
Blueberry Hot Cross Buns
We enjoyed ours with some butter while they were still warm, how will you enjoy your blueberry hot cross buns?

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Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

Delicious blueberry hot cross buns, perfect toasted or just with a little butter.

Course Snack, Treat
Keyword Easter
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proving time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 buns

Ingredients

  • 500 g Strong bread flour
  • 75 6 Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Lemon zest
  • 7 g Salt
  • 7 g Yeast
  • 40 g Butter (melted)
  • 280 ml Milk (luke warm)
  • 1 Egg
  • 200 g Blueberries (Frozen, dried, fresh or a combination)

Topping

  • 75 g Flour
  • 100 ml Water

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest in a large bowl an mix

  2. Add salt and yeast, keeping them at opposite sides of the bowl

  3. Melt the butter and add to dry ingredients, along with the egg and half of the warm milk

  4. Mix the dough using your hands, add more milk a little at a time until the dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl

  5. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes and the dough is elastic

  6. Spread the dough out and pour over the blueberries and roughly fold them into the dough

  7. Pop the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 60-90 minutes until doubled in size

  8. Divide the dough into 12 balls, arrange on a lined tray and flatten the tops. Cover and leave somewhere warm for 40-60 minutes to rise

Topping

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C

  2. Mix the flour and water until it is a smooth paste

  3. Fill a piping bag and pipe a cross over each bun

  4. Bake for around 15-20 minutes until golden brown

If you enjoyed these, why not try the delicious Blueberry Muffin Cake, a firm family favourite in this house!

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