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Liam McGee's hot cross buns recipe

Liam McGee's hot cross buns recipe

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This hot cross bun recipe was given to me by a local baker from Buncrana, Liam McGee. He's retired now which is the main reason I have to make these hot cross buns instead of buying them from him! The original recipe was for 105 dozen but I've scaled it down to 2 dozen!

County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

8 people made this

IngredientsMakes: 24 hot cross buns

  • 600g bread flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk powder
  • 70g bakers yeast
  • 30g soya flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 75g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Lukewarm water, about 200ml
  • 150g sultanas, dusted with flour
  • 30g mixed peel, dusted with flour
  • For the crosses
  • 4 teaspoons bread flour
  • pinch baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 20ml water
  • For the glaze
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons golden syrup, warmed

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:10min ›Extra time:1hr proofing › Ready in:1hr25min

  1. Place the flour, sugar, milk powder, yeast, soya flour, salt and cinnamon in the bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add butter; rub in using your fingertips until it resembles fine crumbs. Add egg and mix again. Pour in enough lukewarm water to bind into a dough. Mix in sultanas and mixed peel.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface; separate into 24 pieces, shaping each one into a bun. Place on a greased and floured tray, cover and leave to rise in a warm draught-free place for about an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 240 degrees C / Gas mark 8.
  5. Make the mixture for the crosses by blending 4 teaspoons flour, pinch of baking powder and 1 tablespoon softened butter. Add 15- 20ml of water and mix until it is a soft smooth paste. Spoon into a piping bag and use to decorate each bun with a cross.
  6. Bake for 10 -15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and brush with warm syrup. Set on a wire cooling rack. Serve warm with butter.

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I used 7g of easy bake yeast rather than Baker's yeast which is really hard to get hold of and mixed spice. I found that they were a little small, bitesize once risen. But the family still enjoyed them!-16 Apr 2017

Delicious! Thanks for sharing!-06 Apr 2015

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‘Health And Safety Gone Mad’ As Tyrone Thieves Forced To Wear Hi-Viz Jackets


The thieving community across the county last night said it was in crisis as the ever-increasing demands of health and safety tookits toll on the criminal fraternity.

Gang leaders claim that they are getting so many compensation claims in from gang members who have injured themselves that they have no alternative but to insist on taking adequate health and safety measures.

“It’s tara boys”, said Kieran, a crook from Fintona. “In the olden days you could steal a whole lock of cattle in a couple of hours and still be in time for last orders. Now I’m not allowed to do it unless I’ve done a two-week course in feckin’ animal husbandry. What’s that all about? It’s almost enough to force you into an honest living”.

But master-thieves were quick to point out they were merely reacting to changes in society. Bill Fagin, the head villain of a gang of thieves from ‘somewhere near the Dooish mountain’, said,

“It’s not our fault. It’s the claims culture. I’m getting demands for compensation left, right and centre. I’ve one boy who’s claiming five grand for having made him ‘allergic to the dark’, and another claiming the same amount after the eejit swallowed nearly a litre of red diesel when he was siphoning it out of a digger near Glenelly, and had to have his stomach pumped. That’s why we now give them manual handling training on how to lift a stolen plasma TV. They might hurt their backs and make a claim. Some handlin’. Literally”.

“We can’t have them boys stumbling about in the dark on a remote farm in Killyman or somewhere when they’re trying to steal a lorry. They might bump into something and injure themselves. That’s why they need to wear the hi-viz jackets. And put up floodlighting. Or even better, come back and do it in the daylight. Safety first boys, safety first”.

But most thieves have condemned the actions as being over the top, and for compromising their chances of a clean getaway.

“We had one boy breaking in through the first floor window of a factory in Lissan last week”, confided Hugh, a swindler from Tattyreagh. “But he took so long filling out his ‘Working at Height’ form and putting up scaffolding that he got caught. Jaysus, in the good old days we just climbed up the drainpipe”.

Fully-qualified thief Declan from Plumbridge, was resigned to the changes.

“Aye, I suppose now I’m all trained up I won’t injure myself. I was breaking and entering into a big house in Donaghmore last month and although the risk assessments took over an hour to complete, at least I knew I’d be safe”,

he said, before being led back to his prison cell to complete a two-year sentence.

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