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Twelve Good Buns and True.

JOHN01473's picture

Twelve Good Buns and True.

I know it's a bit early for Hot X Buns, but after the sad ones we produced last year we wanted to get an early practice in. that's our excuse and we are sticking to it. A kind friend - anonymity preserved, gave me a recipe.

The original recipe was for 72 buns so I made a spreadsheet with bakers percentages then applied the resizing formula from Jeffrey Hamelman's Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes p378.

We went for 12 buns and using the Desired Dough Temperature calculation I was given we aimed for 28°C.

We proved the dough for 45 minutes rather than the 1 1/2 - 2 hours from the recipe, I think was due to the proofing storage place was at 27°C.


They came out very well - they are cooling on racks, my wife is circling, waiting to try one. I will let you know how they look inside and more importantly how they taste.


The Taste and Texture

Well here it is - lovely and fluffy - light - a good chew and nicely spiced.
A good distribution of fruit with a great buttery taste.

The Baking Bear


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linder's picture

Mmmm, I haven't had hot cross buns in a very long time.  Mom used to buy them in the store, however, I'm sure they are nothing like the ones you just baked. Very nice baking, John01473, golden brown, nice crumb.  I'd be circling them too, waiting to pounce at the slightest hint.


isand66's picture

Are you sure Kitty didn't swipe a taste of that sugary goodness gracing the top of your baked treats?  Looks like you baked some real winners.Thanks for making my stomach grumble right before I hit the sack!


Janetcook's picture

These look yummy.  Your cat looks like she/he just ate a few and agrees that they are delicious :-)


EvaB's picture

I have been considering a trial run on them myself. I did finally manage to get a loaf of bread that actually looks and tastes like bread and not a brick! But have to find a recipe that doesn't use up the eggs quite so fast as the Challah recipe from ITJB 7 egg yolks is a lot. But the bread was good.

dabrownman's picture

wolfed, being a canine, those X cross buns down so fast your apptentice couldn't have caught her!  I usually don't say this to other men but ....

Nice Looking buns :-)