This Easter, make your own hot cross buns with the kids — you won't believe how easy it is. Happy Easter!
Whisk yeast, milk, caster sugar until the sugar dissolves. Set aside for 10 minutes. Sift plain flour, chilli, mixed spice, cardamom, salt into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub in butter.
Stir in chocolate bits, eggs and yeast mixture and mix until a soft dough forms. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Put in large greased bowl. Cover and leave in warm spot ¾ hour. Turn dough onto a floured surface, punch down, and cut dough into 20 pieces, knead each piece until smooth balls.
Place balls into 30cm x 20cm greased tray. Set aside for ¼ hour.
Meanwhile, preheat oven for 200ºC, combine S.R flour with ½ cup water to make a smooth paste. Pour past into a zip lock bag, snip top and pipe crosses onto each buns.
Bake buns for 20 minutes or until golden and the buns sound hollow when tapped.
While buns are still hot brush the tops with apricot jam.
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