What do you get if you pour boiling water down a rabbit hole? Hot cross bunnies!
Spring is in the air, the sun’s out (in between all the snow!) and we’ve got chocolate on our minds. Here’s a yummy recipe for Hot Cross Buns from our friends at the Mountain Thyme Cookery School – https://cookinthealps.com/
Dough 680g strong white flour 10g salt. 30g fresh yeast. 100g caster sugar 80g soft butter 15g mixed spice 1 egg 175ml tepid milk 175ml tepid water 80g sultanas 80g currants Zest of 1 lemon & 1 orange
Cross 50g strong white flour Pinch salt Pinch sugar Knob butter 100ml water
Bun wash 1 egg cup boiling water 2 tsp sugar 1 pinch of mixed spice
Method Activate the yeast by mixing the warm water/liquid. Allow to froth for 10-15 minutes.
Sieve flour, salt, sugar and spice into a large bowl and mix together. Add the butter, egg & yeast mix until the mixture forms a dough. Knead for 15 minutes, until smooth.
Gently work in the fruit and zest, then leave to rise in an oiled and covered bowl for 30 mins.
Divide the mixture evenly into 16 equal sized pieces (best to do this by halving, halving again, halving again and halving again!). Shape them into firm rounds and lay 1 finger width apart in a high sided (lined with baking parchment) baking tray. Cover and leave to rise again in a warm place for 30-40 mins.
Set the oven to 210°C. Mix the cross mixture with a whisk and transfer to a piping bag. Cross the buns across the whole tin in each direction.
Bake for approx. 30 minutes, removing as soon as the tops and bottoms are golden. Immediately brush with the bun wash while they are still warm.
Top tip: If you haven’t got a classic Mixed Spice blend, you can make your own using the following – 1 tbsp ground allspice, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp ground nutmeg, 2 tsp ground mace, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground ginger.
If you’re in Verbier over the Easter holidays, why not join us for an Easter egg hunt or do a spot of egg decorating, all whilst learning languages!
And now it’s time for me to go on my yearly trip to London to take my Godchildren on an Easter egg hunt.
Happy Hunting and Happy Easter everyone!