1½ teaspoon dried yeast1¼ cup fresh milk4 cups all purpose flour⅓ cup castor sugar2 tspns mixed spice powder1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon fine salt¼ cup butter (melted)1 egg, whisked1⅓ cups sultanas 1 teaspoon butter for greasing the bowl Cross Ingredients:⅔ cup all purpose flour⅓ cup water Glaze:1 tablespoon maple syrup mixed with 2 tspns water
Warm-up milk slightly (shouldn't be hot) in pan or microwave and add dried yeast sachet. Leave aside for the yeast to activate. In a separate large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon and salt. Stir together and create a well to add your wet ingredients.Add melted butter, whisked egg, yeast and milk into the middle.Mix together with a spoon or your hands until combined. It will be very wet and sticky!! This is normal. Do not add more flour......Flour a clean work surface and set the timer for 10 minutes. Knead the dough for the whole time. It will pick up some flour from the surface and the kneading action will remove the stickiness.Flatten down and add a handful of dried fruits fold, knead and repeat until fruit is well mixed in.Grease a bowl and place kneaded dough in, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to double in size. Will take anywhere between 1 to 2 hours.Knock the air out of dough and shape into a baguette shape, divide into 12 even pieces. Smooth each piece into a bun shape.Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and place buns with small gap between each. Cover with damp towel and proof until doubled in size. It should take about 1 hour.Preheat oven to 180°C.Mix together plain flour with water. It should be a very thick paste. Put into a piping bag and use a nozzle or just snip off the end. Pipe crosses on each bun.Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.Remove from the oven. Make up a glaze using maple syrup and water and spread on whilst still warm.Enjoy!!!!