Apple and cinnamon hot cross buns
Bread / Autumn / Emma Knowles / Serves: 20

325gm raw caster sugar
1 lemon
1 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored, diced
1 cinnamon quill

750gm (5 cups) plain flour
150gm sultanas or golden raisins
50gm dried apple, diced
30gm candied orange, diced
14gm (2 sachets) dried yeast
3 tsp ground cinnamon
tsp allspice
Finely grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon

380 ml milk
100 gm butter, coarsely chopped
1 egg



Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine
April 2010

Combine 260gm sugar and 375ml water in a saucepan, then squeeze in juice of half a lemon and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves.
Meanwhile, cut remaining lemon half into 5mm-thick slices, add to pan with Granny Smith apple and cinnamon quill.
Bring to the simmer, reduce heat to medium and cook until lemon and apple are translucent (20-25 minutes).
Strain, reserving fruit and syrup separately.
When cool enough to handle, dice lemon, combine with apple and set aside.

Combine 700gm flour, sultanas, dried apple, candied orange, yeast, 3 tsp ground cinnamon, allspice, rinds, remaining sugar, reserved apple mixture and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan, warm over low heat until butter melts and mixture is lukewarm.
Whisk in egg, then add milk mixture to flour, stirring to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes).
Place in a lightly buttered bowl, cover and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (30-40 minutes).

Knock back dough, divide into 20 even pieces, then knead each piece into a smooth ball.
Arrange dough balls into two concentric circles on a large round or rectangular baking tray lined with baking paper, leaving 1cm between each for dough to expand.
Cover with a tea towel and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (30-40 minutes).

Preheat oven to 220C.
Combine remaining flour and 70ml cold water in a bowl and stir to a smooth paste.
Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle and pipe a cross shape onto each bun.
Bake for 10 minutes, reduce oven to 200C and bake until golden and buns sound hollow when tapped (8-10 minutes).

Meanwhile, combine reserved syrup and remaining ground cinnamon in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until syrupy and combined. Brush thickly over hot buns, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.