Hot Cross (Swirly) Buns – Science Bonus Lesson 1

Today I made Hot Cross (Swirly) Buns. My brother and I called them Hot cross Swirly Buns because I put swirls of icing on top of the x’s because I had more icing. Well, let’s start at the beginning. What you need: 500g flour, 2 tsp salt, 75g sugar, 2 tsp dried yeast, 40g unsalted butter, 2 medium eggs – beaten
120ml full fat milk, warm, 120ml cool water, 100g sultanas, 80g Cook’s Ingredients mixed peel, Zest of 2 oranges, 1 eating apple – cored and cut into small cubes, 1 pear – cored and cut into small cubes, 2 tsp ground cinnamon
For the crosses:, 75g plain flour, 75g water, 75g Apricot jam to glaze (I used different ones) and a good bit of time.  I used different ingredients,  but here’s the recipe that they say to use:

1. Tip the flour into a large mixing bowl, add the salt and sugar to one side of the bowl and the yeast to the other. Add the butter, eggs, milk and half the water. Use buns9the finger’s of one hand to mix the ingredients together.

2. Add the remaining water a little at a time until you have a soft, sticky dough and all the flour is incorporated.  You may not need all the water.

3. Oil a clean work surface. Tip the dough onto the oil and begin to knead. Continue kneading for 10 minutes. The dough will become less sticky and feel smooth and silky when ready. Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover until the dough has doubled in size. This will take between 1 – 3 hours.buns10

4. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and scatter the sultanas, mixed peel, orange zest, apple, pear and cinnamon on top. Knead in until evenly distributed throughout the dough.  Place the dough back in the bowl and leave to rise for an hour.

buns115. Fold the dough inwards repeatedly until all the air is knocked out. Divide into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Place them fairly close together on one or two trays lined with parchment paper. Place each tray inside a clean plastic bag and leave to rise for one hour, or until double in size.

6. Preheat the oven to 220C, gas mark 7.  For the crosses, mix the flour and water together to form a pipable paste.buns6  Using a piping bag fitted with a fine plain nozzle, pipe crosses on the buns. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Mix the apricot jam with a little hot water, sieve and brush over the warm buns. Cool on a wire rack.

7.  Enjoy!

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64 Comments Add yours

    1. Danger S. says:

      I actually am a kid, if you look at my photo! Thanks for the hint though.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    They look Beautiful!!! You are quite the chef!

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    1. Danger S. says:

      thank you! We have a moth problem however, so they attracted all the moths and they went bad. 😦

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      1. Rebecca says:

        Oh No! That is terrible! Do you enjoy cooking?

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      2. Danger S. says:

        I absolutely do! At least my brother killed Half of ’em! 🙂

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      3. Danger S. says:

        I hovered over your blog address and it showed a pic of a gloomy site and said that it was not found beneath the top photo. It says: “404 Page Not Found” Beneath that.

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      4. Rebecca says:

        That is good. What do you like making most? Did you know that I own a bakery? If you like baking I would love sharing my recipes with you!

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      5. Danger S. says:

        I actually like baking, like, say, bread-type things. That would be perfectly fine. You can use the info in the contact form on this blog to contact me by e-mail.

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      6. Danger S. says:

        The thing is, I actually like the kneading part because kneading the dough feels like kneading a cloud when you do the dough right.

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      7. Danger S. says:

        The link is not true so it will take you to an untitled page. that’s only my e-mail, not a link.

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      8. Danger S. says:

        You should start a blog on baking and focus it on things you recently made in the bakery.

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      9. Danger S. says:

        I also followed 🙂

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      10. Rebecca says:

        Thanks! Yes I have thought about it. Ever made bagels?

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      11. Danger S. says:

        Not Yet I haven’t. Do you have a recipe or something? And I’m not getting any e-mails on your posts.

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      12. Rebecca says:

        Sure do! You would like it if you like making bread. Umm… well did you put in your address? You might be getting them in your reader which is located at the top left-hand side of your dashboard.

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      13. Danger S. says:

        K. I’m very sure taht I put in the address.

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      14. Danger S. says:

        I tried. it didn’t work. What blog name should it be?

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      15. Rebecca says:

        The Studies Of A Classical Violinist?

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      16. Danger S. says:

        I am on vacation right now, so I’ll reply in about a week. thx!

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      17. Danger S. says:

        Thx I’m back now!

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      18. Rebecca says:

        Ok so I think you may have followed my old blog “The Classical Violinist” not “The Studies of a Classical Violinist”

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      19. Danger S. says:

        That’s probably it. It says “The Classical Violinist” not “The Studies Of A Classical Violinist”.

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      20. Rebecca says:

        Yep that is why. I deleted my old blog last year.

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      21. Danger S. says:

        and your account is still set on your old blog

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      22. Danger S. says:

        and you changed your pic!!!

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      23. Rebecca says:

        Ok I will fix that

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      24. Danger S. says:

        all righty. thanks! Are you in RPC?

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      25. Rebecca says:

        Yes I am! Lol I probably should have told you that. 🙂

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      26. Danger S. says:

        I am too!! 😀

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      27. Danger S. says:

        What about “Willow Pond Farmers”? Your account is also set on “Willow Pond Farmers” and shows the gloomy pic

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      28. Rebecca says:

        Yeah it should have been changed. Can you show me where you saw that?

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      29. Danger S. says:

        just under your name. It’s probably the gravatar account.

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      30. Rebecca says:

        Hmm. ok. I think I fixed it though

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      31. Danger S. says:

        Now its the classical violinist

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      32. Rebecca says:

        The studies of? Or just the classical violinist?

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      33. Danger S. says:

        simply “the classical violinist”

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      34. Danger S. says:

        There it goes
        now its the studies of….

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      35. Danger S. says:

        Wha???? It keeps switching between them

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      36. Rebecca says:

        Yeah I give up. XD I can’t fix it

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      37. Danger S. says:

        XD Heh Heh heh

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      38. Danger S. says:

        I think you went through and liked as many posts as you could. XD

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      39. Rebecca says:

        Yes I do that. xD

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      40. Danger S. says:

        HAHAHA VERY FUNNY

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      41. Danger S. says:

        Hey can we move conversation to the discussion board?

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      42. Rebecca says:

        discussion forum you mean?

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      43. Danger S. says:

        I have a page called Rate me Try reloading it its on the top right

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      44. Danger S. says:

        Seriously! Try it, Rebecca!

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      45. Rebecca says:

        I will but I am working right now.

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      46. Danger S. says:

        Ok. See you then!

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      47. Danger S. says:

        yup Its The Classical Violinist

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      48. Danger S. says:

        Sorry I am bad at typing sometimes

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  2. Ahsoka says:

    Wow! Those buns sound delicious!

    We have never made hot swirly buns before. The closest we’ve done are orange sweet rolls. Maybe we will make the hot swirly buns some day! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Danger S. says:

      you’re welcome!

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