English Good Friday Buns

Recipe author: EAT SMARTER
English Good Friday Buns
30 min.
2 h.
Ready in


for 14 pieces (buns)
For the buns
6 ¼ cups
1 teaspoon
0.333 cup
1 teaspoon
ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon
¼ teaspoon
grated Nutmeg
¼ cup
1.333 cups
0.333 cup
Candied peel (chopped)
1 sachet
quick rising dry active yeast
1.333 cups
warm milk
For the crosses
¾ cup
For the glaze
4 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
superfine caster sugar
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Preparation steps

Step 1/9
For the buns: sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the spices, sugar, dried fruit, candied peel and yeast.
Step 2/9
Make a well in the centre. Beat the milk and eggs together and pour into the flour. Mix well to a soft dough.
Step 3/9
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave in a warm place for about 45 minutes to rise.
Step 4/9
Turn out the dough and knead again lightly for a few minutes to knock out any air bubbles. Divide into 14 pieces and shape into buns.
Step 5/9
Grease a baking tray. Place the buns well apart on the tray, cover loosely with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 45 minutes until doubled in size. Cut a cross in the top of each bun with a sharp knife.
Step 6/9
Heat the oven to 200°C (180° fan) 400°F gas 6.
Step 7/9
For the crosses: mix the flour for the crosses with enough water to form a dough. Roll out thinly and cut into strips. Dampen the pastry strips and lay them in crosses on top of each bun.
Step 8/9
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Step 9/9
For the glaze: heat the milk and sugar in a small pan and simmer for 2 minutes until syrupy. Remove the buns from the oven and brush with the glaze while still warm. Cool on a wire rack.