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.
Blueberry Hot Cross Buns
Delicious blueberry hot cross buns, perfect toasted or just with a little butter.
- 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)
- 75 g Flour
- 100 ml Water
Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest in a large bowl an mix
Add salt and yeast, keeping them at opposite sides of the bowl
Melt the butter and add to dry ingredients, along with the egg and half of the warm milk
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
Tip out onto a floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes and the dough is elastic
Spread the dough out and pour over the blueberries and roughly fold them into the dough
Pop the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 60-90 minutes until doubled in size
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
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C
Mix the flour and water until it is a smooth paste
Fill a piping bag and pipe a cross over each bun
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!