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Easter Hot Cross buns

Easter Hot Cross buns

One a penny, two a penny… Hot Cross Buns are a real Easter treat for every member of the family. So this year, why not put a fresh twist on an old classic and try out a new Hot Cross Buns recipe with SPLENDA.

  • Serves: 10

What you need:

  • 500g strong plain flour
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 2tsp mixed spice
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 8g SPLENDA Granulated
  • 14g easy blend yeast
  • 200ml warm milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 50ml sunflower oil
  • 125g mixed dried fruits

Paste for Cross:

  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 3tbsp milk
  • 1tsp oil
  • Glaze
  • 2tbsp water
  • 2tbsp SPLENDA Granulated

What you do:

  1. Sift the flour, salt and spices into a mixing bowl then sprinkle in the SPLENDA Granulated and yeast.
  2. Make a well in the centre then pour in the milk, egg, oil and fruit and mix together to make a smooth dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours until doubled in size.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a further 2 minutes. Divide into 10 equal pieces, shape into buns and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and leave in a warm place until doubled in size again.
  5. To make the paste put the flour in a small bowl and gradually stir in the milk and oil to make a smooth, thick batter. Spoon into a small piping bag fitted with a 5mm plain nozzle and pipe a cross on top of each bun.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C (400F), Gas Mark 6 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  7. To make the glaze put the Splenda and milk into a small pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 minute. Brush the buns with the glaze as soon as they come out of the oven. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool a little before serving.

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Splenda

Splenda

A simple swap, like using SPLENDA® instead of sugar, means that you can enjoy this new twist on a family favourite at a fraction of the calories. SPLENDA® Granulated measures and sweetens spoon for spoon like sugar and can be used almost anywhere sugar is used, making it easy for people to make a healthier choice every day without compromising on great taste. In addition, simply switching from sugar to SPLENDA® Sweet Minis in your hot drinks can save 90 calories a day – an easy switch and a small step, but one that can add up to make a big difference in the long run.

SPLENDA® Granulated and Sweet Minis are available in all major retailers. For more information on the product, and for tips on cooking and baking, please visit – www.splenda.co.uk or www.facebook.com/SplendaUK.

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