Easter Baking Fun

Here is a great Hot Cross Bun recipe for  Easter family baking fun. Children love to knead and watch the dough rise. Even though this takes time, it is a beautiful ritual on a home day during the Easter break.
300ml milk
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
4 cups plain flour
1 ½ tsp mixed spice
Pinch of salt
¼ cup caster sugar
40g butter
1½ cup of currants
2 x 7g packets dried yeast

Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl.
Melt butter in a small saucepan, add milk and heat until luke warm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to current mixture.
Use a flat bladed knife to mix into a dough until almost coming together
Use hands to form a dough
Turn dough onto floured surface and knead until smooth (10mins).
Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clean tea towel, set aside in warm draft free place for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until dough doubles in size.
Punch dough down until original size and knead on a floured surface. Divide into 12 even balls, place balls on a greased tray, cover with cloth and set aside in warm place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size.
Preheat oven at 190c. Make crosses. For the crosses use 50g of plain flour, 2tbsp butter. Rub the flour and butter together. Add water to make a soft pastry. Roll between fingers to make a snake! Lay two lengths to make a cross.
Bake for 20 to 25 mins or until cooked through and eat warm with butter – yum!