or HOW TO MAKE AND BAKE FORTY HOT CROSS BUNS
AFTER DELIA is a play by Tenzing Scott Brown.
It is to be performed on any Good Friday in the attempt to bring about a social or unsocial change of your choice.
It can be performed in the privacy of your own kitchen.
It can be performed in the public sphere of your choice.
There are no lines to be learnt.
Just lines to be crossed.
First get your ingredients.
They will include:
For the buns
160 grams of caster sugar
500 millilitres of hand-hot water
4 level desert spoons of dry yeast
1,500 grams of plain flour
2 teaspoons of salt
4 teaspoons of ground mixed spice
250 grams of currants
160 grams of mixed peel
160 millilitres of warm milk
4 beaten eggs
160 grams of melted butter
For the crosses
400 grams of plain flour
200 millilitres of water
For the glaze
100 grams of granulated sugar
100 millilitres of water
The forty hot cross buns can be made all in one go.
They can be made in four batches of ten.
Two batches of twenty.
Stir the caster sugar into the hand-hot water and then sprinkle in the dried yeast. Leave for it to froth and rise.
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
Add the salt, mixed spice, the remains of the sugar, the currants and the mixed peel.
Then pour in the frothing yeast mixture, the hand-hot milk, the beaten eggs and the melted butter.
Mix with a wooden spoon.
Knead for six minutes.
Leave in covered bowl for about an hour. The mixture will rise.
Knead it again. But only for a minute or so.
Divide into forty (20 or 10) round portions. Arrange them on greased greaseproof paper on baking trays. Make sure they are not too close to each other, as they will expand. Make a deep cross on each of them.
Leave them for about 30 minutes to rise again.
Mix 400 grams of plain flour in a bowl with ten tablespoons of water. Roll this mixture out on floured worktop. “Roll out thinly and divide into small strips, dampening them to seal.” Add these strips to the deep crosses on each of the buns.
Put the trays of buns into the preheated oven at no more than gas mark 7 or 220 degrees centigrade. Bake buns for 15 minutes.
Make glaze from putting 100 grams of granulated sugar and 100 millilitres of water into a pan and heating until it is approaching boiling and the sugar has dissolved.
Remove the baked buns from the oven. Place on cooling trays. Using a brush glaze each of the buns with the still hot sugar and water glaze.
Serve buns warm and buttered.
Each of the Forty Hot Cross Buns must be given to forty individuals in exchange for social or unsocial change.