Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns
One thing I love about this time of year is a hot cross bun. I would happily devour them over an Easter egg any day. I have always bought them from various supermarkets, and although I do enjoy the tradition hot cross buns, I must admit that I like to try the different varieties of flavours available.
This year, I have actually had a go at making some of my own. I tried Yutaka’s Yuzu and Honey Hot Cross Buns. These use the flavour of Japanese yuzu to give them a citrusy tang. The recipe is easy enough, but does require a bit of time to make. However, it is definitely worth it! If you want to give it a go, this is what you need to do:
For the buns:
- 575g strong bread flour
- 75g caster sugar
- 75g sultanas
- 50g mixed peel
- 7g quick working yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 250ml milk
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1½ tbsp. Yutaka Yuzu
- 2 tbsp water
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 50g butter
- 2 eggs beaten
For the cross:
75g plain flour
For the glaze:
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp water
Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Melt the butter and then mix with the milk, honey, yuzu, water and lemon zest. Then pour the liquid into a well in the centre of the flour mix.
Combine using a wooden spoon then use your hands until the ingredients are all combined. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
Place your dough in a greased bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise until doubled in size. Then add your sultanas and mixed peel whilst still in the bowl, knead to combine all the ingredients and leave once again to rise for about an hour. Make sure the cling film is also greased to avoid a crust forming on your dough.
Once the dough has risen again, divide into 15-20 pieces and roll into smooth balls. Line them up on parchment-lined baking trays allowing enough space for them to once again expand. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave for a further hour.
Preheat oven to 220oC (gas mark seven). Mix the flour for the cross with some water to make a basic dough. Place in piping bag and pipe one line across each bun then repeat to form the cross.
Brush the buns with beaten egg to give a glaze.
Bake for around 20 mins or until buns are golden brown on top. Remove pan from the oven and let buns cool on a rack for 15 minutes.
Mix the caster sugar with boiling water and, once buns have cooled a little, brush with glaze.
I was so pleased with the results! I can’t believe how good they looked – especially as I have never made these before. They tasted great too. Absolutely delicious still warm from the oven, and lovely toasted with plenty of butter!