New recipe for easy hot cross bun braided loaf

It’s Hot Cross Bun week and I confess I got a bit tired of rolling buns and crossing them.  In a fit of lethargy I decided to make a braided Hot Cross Bun loaf instead.

Braided Hot Cross Bun Loaf
Braided Hot Cross Bun Loaf

It’s fantastic and, like challah, perfect for breaking up by hand and sharing, covered with butter for eating of course!  To make it, I followed the hot cross bun recipe here.  After the first rise, I divided the dough into three equal parts and braided it.  Have a look here to see a little video on how to plait a loaf.  Then, I covered it and let it rise again for 45 minutes.

I brushed on some beaten egg and scatter almonds over the whole.  Then I baked it for 45 minutes at 200 degrees.  If yours is getting a bit too brown for your liking and/or the raisins are burning, cover it with baking parchment part of the way through.

Come and taking a baking class with us and learn more and, if you like this recipe, there are more just like it in All You Knead Is Bread and The Book of Buns.

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