Deliciously spiced homemade hot cross buns are great for Easter, this recipe has been tried and tested for great results every time. Serve warm straight from the oven, or slice in half, toast and serve with lots of butter.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6.
Blend the yeast with the milk, water and 1 tsp caster sugar. Set aside in a warm place for 10-15 minutes until frothy.
Meanwhile, sift the flour and spices into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture, then the fruit, sugar, butter and egg to form a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Return to the bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12, kneading into round buns. Place on a greased baking sheet approx. 2cm (¾") apart. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes. For the crosses, mix the flour and water together. Fill a piping bag and pipe a cross on each bun. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. For the glaze, mix together the milk and sugar and brush over the warm buns. Serve warm, or allow to cool.