It’s time to start perfecting these little babies ahead of big weekend (well the season is so short…)
3 tsp fast action dry yeast
75g caster sugar
600g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
220g mixed dried fruit
50g plain flour
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp water
Gently melt butter then add 1 tbsp milk, 1 tsp sugar and the yeast. Leave to prove for 10 mins.
Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Whisk the egg into the milk and add the yeast mixture, then stir into the dry ingredients. Tip onto a floured surface and knead into a smooth and elastic dough (for around 10 mins).
Place it back in the bowl and cover with cling film and leave the dough in a warm place for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 200c. Tip out the dough again and knead well to knock out the air. Cut into 20 pieces and roll into balls. Grease an oven tray and place them on it in a circular shape with the balls almost touching. Stand in a warm place for 20 mins to rise.
Make the flour paste in a bowl, place in a piping bag and pipe crosses into the buns. Bake for 15 mins or until hollow when tapped.
Heat the sugar and water over a low heat until boiling. Transfer the buns onto a wire rack and brush the tops with the glaze.