Happy Easter everyone. This month, the wonderful folks at Sourdough Surprises have challenged participants to make sourdough hot cross buns. I had never made hot cross buns before, but I knew they were related to Easter, and it's always great to try out something new.
I took the inspiration for this recipe from Nourishing Joy and thought it was excellent. It was just sweet enough to make you want another bite, but not overly so. I did find the batter very soft and difficult to work with (next time I might retard it overnight like I do with brioche and see if that works better). But then again, my scale was seriously broken so I had to use their dry ingredient measures as opposed to the weight measurements. Maybe that's why
The texture of the bread was good and it was a very easy, very quick (in terms of sourdough) recipe. I will make sure to make this again.
Sourdough Hot Cross Buns
- 1 cup sourdough starter (active)
- 3 1/2 cups AP flour
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- pinch of cloves
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup dried fruit (used raisins and cranberries)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- flour, water and oil for crosses
- honey and lemon juice for glazing
- 2 days before you intend to bake, refresh your sourdough starter to make sure it's active
- On baking day, mix starter, flour, zest, sugar, spices, egg, honey, milk and water in a stand mixer. Mix until combined and sticky dough form
- Meanwhile, soak dried fruit in warm water for 10 minutes. Drain water from fruit and mix with the salt.
- Mix fruit and salt into the bread and knead for 10 minutes
- Add butter and knead until fully incorporated. Finished dough will be very soft, shiny and a little sticky.
- Let dough rise 1 hour in an oiled bowl. Stretch and fold dough on itself a number of times and let rise another hour.
- Divide dough into 12 pieces and place into 9x13 baking sheet not quite touching. Let rise 2 hours or until doubled
- To make the crosses, mix together flour, water and oil until a thick paste forms that you can still pipe. Pipe crosses across your buns.
- Bake buns at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
- When you remove buns from the oven, glaze immediately with honey and lemon juice or orange juice. Let cool completely before serving.