Calling all Easter bakers - this recipe for Battenbuns (the delicious hot cross bun/ Battenberg cake hybrid) is sure to impress your loved ones!
If you fancy getting your bake on this Easter, look no further, as we have THE perfect recipe for you.
Forget your traditional bakes, this year it's all about the Battenbun - a hot cross bun/ Battenberg cake hybrid created by celebrity baker Anna Olson for her new Food Network show Bake with Anna Olson.
The buns are a super-yummy blend of almonds, cinnamon, apricots and marzipan, and look as totally gorgeous as they taste.
Feeling inspired? Well here's the recipe...
Battenbuns are the perfect Easter treat (Credit: Anna Olsen/ Food Network UK)
RECIPE: How to make Battenbuns
Battenbuns – Makes 12
Dough: • 550g plain flour • 90g ground almonds (almond flour) • 70g caster sugar • 1 tsp/5ml finely grated lemon zest • ¾ tsp/4g salt • 1/2 tsp/2g ground cinnamon • ¼ tsp/1g ground allspice • ¼ tsp/1g ground nutmeg • ¼ tsp/1g ground cloves
• 180ml 2% milk, heated to just above body temperature (110 °F/43 °C) • 4 ½ tsp/16g instant dry yeast • 3 large eggs • 125ml vegetable oil • 1½ tsp / 7ml almond extract • 75g chopped dried apricots • 45g dried currants • Pink & yellow food colouring paste
Hot Glaze: • 100g granulated sugar • 3 tbsp / 45ml water • 1 tsp / 5ml almond extract
Decoration: • 250g pink and yellow Marzipan
They taste as great as they look (Credit: Anna Olsen/ Food Network UK)
For the dough, measure all of the ingredients except the currants and dried apricots into the bowl of a mixer fitted with the hook attachment or in a large bowl. Mix the dough on low speed until it comes together, then increase the speed by one and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes (the dough is soft and should stick to the bottom of the bowl). If mixing by hand, stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together, then turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth. Towards the end of kneading, add the currants and dried apricots and knead in.
Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Use a toothpick to add pink colouring (as desired) to one piece of dough and work in by kneading and repeat with the yellow colouring to the second piece of dough, leaving the third piece natural. Place each piece of dough into a separate bowl and cover the bowls with plastic wrap and let rise for 75 to 90 minutes, until almost doubled in size.
Turn the dough pieces out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out each into a long rope about 45 cm long. Twist the three colours together and then cut this long rope into 12 equal pieces (or weigh and cut into twelve 100 g pieces). Shape each piece into a ball by rolling between your hands while it remains on the work surface – the colours will not blend together. Place the rolled buns in a greased 9-x-13-inch/23-x-33-cm pan, leaving space between them. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the buns rise for 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Uncover the buns and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a rich brown on top. While still hot from the oven, prepare the glaze.
For the glaze, bring the sugar, water and almond extract up to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved. Brush this syrup over the still-hot buns, until it has all been used. Let the buns cool completely in the tin.
For the décor, divide the marzipan into two pieces and tint one pink and the other yellow, of the desired tone (it can be subtle or bright, as you wish). Roll both of the marzipan pieces out to 4 mm thick (using icing sugar for rolling, to prevent sticking). Cut strips to lay on top of each bun as crosses (one pink and one yellow) – the marzipan will stick because of the glaze. Cut squares about 1.5 cm across and arrange four (2 pink, 2 yellow) over the centre of the cross, in a Battenberg pattern.
Ideally the buns are best the day they are baked, but they will keep, well wrapped, for a full day.