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Rooibos Chai & Honey Hot Cross Buns

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Who can resist a hot, sticky, gooey delicious hot cross bun? Brushed with a beautiful glaze, you'll be enjoying these again and again.
2HR 30MIN
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Ingredients

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Servings:
6
Serves 6
1 cup
Water
3 bags
Rooibos Chai Tea
1/3 cup
1 tsp
1 tsp
Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp
Ground Nutmeg
1/2 cup
Raisins
1/2 cup
Candied Orange Peel
to taste
to taste

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
534
FAT
11.1 g
PROTEIN
18.4 g
CARBS
92.6 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Bring the Water (2/3 cup) to boil on the stovetop, remove from heat and steep the Rooibos Chai Tea (3 bag) in the water for 15 minutes.
Step 2
Remove tea bags, and squeeze as much liquid as possible out of them and discard. Let the tea cool until lukewarm.
Step 3
In a small bowl, stir together the brewed tea, Instant Dry Yeast (1 package), Granulated Sugar (1 tablespoon), and All-Purpose Flour (1 3/4 cup). Set aside for 15 minutes until spongy.
Step 4
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the remaining All-Purpose Flour (1 3/4 cup), Salt (1 teaspoon), Ground Cinnamon (1 teaspoon), Ground Nutmeg (1 teaspoon), Granulated Sugar (2 tablespoon), Raisins (1/2 cup), and Candied Orange Peel (1/2 cup). Set aside.
Step 5
Heat the Unsalted Butter (1/4 cup) and Milk (1/3 cup) together in a small saucepan over a low heat until the butter has just melted; remove from heat and cool to room temperature and whisk in the Large Egg (1).
Step 6
Pour the tea mixture and the milk mixture into the dry mixture. Stir together until just combined.
Step 7
Tip the contents of the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, around 10 minutes.
Step 8
Lightly grease a large clean mixing bowl and place the dough in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel, and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Step 9
Divide the risen dough evenly into 6 pieces and roll them into balls.
Step 10
Place closely together onto a lined baking tray or baking mat.
Step 11
Slash a cross into the top of each bun using a sharp knife. Cover with oiled plastic wrap or clean tea towel and leave to rise for 30 minutes until doubled in size.
Step 12
While the buns are rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Make the cross topping by stirring together the Water (1/3 cup) and All-Purpose Flour (1/2 cup) to make a paste. Transfer to a sandwich bag and snip the corner.
Step 13
Brush the risen buns all over with a little Milk (to taste) then pipe the cross mixture into the cross-shaped cuts.
Step 14
Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown all over. While still warm, brush them with Honey (to taste).
Step 15
Enjoy! Best eaten warm with lashings of butter. Can also be cooled completely and stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Also great sliced in half and toasted in the broiler.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
534
% Daily Value*
Fat
11.1 g
14%
Saturated Fat
5.6 g
28%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
56.5 mg
19%
Carbohydrates
92.6 g
34%
Fiber
8.8 g
31%
Sugars
14.2 g
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Protein
18.4 g
37%
Sodium
445.1 mg
19%
Vitamin D
--
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Calcium
53.6 mg
4%
Iron
4.5 mg
25%
Potassium
387.6 mg
8%
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