No-fuss hot cross buns

Easy Cook - - EASTER KIDS -

Makes 12 Prep 5 mins plus 3 hrs Q Q prov­ing Cook 20 mins Q

500g plain flour ½ tsp dried yeast hand­ful raisins ¼ tsp mixed spice 50g marzi­pan 1 tbsp gran­u­lated sugar

1 Put the flour in a large bowl and add the yeast, raisins, mixed spice and 350ml wa­ter. Stir to a soft dough, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 3 hrs at room tem­per­a­ture, or overnight in the fridge, by which time the dough will have ex­panded and look smoother.

2 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 6. But­ter a 12-hole muf­fin tin. Di­vide the dough into 12 and shape each por­tion into a neat ball on a floured work sur­face. Drop each ball into a hole in the tin. Bake for 20 mins.

3 Roll out the marzi­pan and cut it into 0.5cm-wide strips to make the crosses for the buns. Mix the sugar with 2 tbsp wa­ter and leave to dis­solve. When the buns are cooked, take them out of the oven and care­fully lay a cross made from two marzi­pan strips on top of each and put them back in the oven for 5 mins. Take the buns out, brush with the sugar wa­ter and leave to cool. PER BUN 173 kcals, fat 1g, sat­u­rates none, carbs 39g, sug­ars 7g, pro­tein 4g, fi­bre 1g, salt none

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