Hot cross loaf

Hot cross loaf

What could be more relaxing than an indulgent afternoon tea at Easter?

By , 21 September 2015
Hot cross loaf
  • Ready in: 120 mins
  • Serves: 16
  • Price: 15p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 77g serving contains
  • Energy 821KJ 196KCAL
  • Fat med
  • Saturates med
  • Sugars high
  • Salt med
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1066kJ/255kcal.
  • 50g butter, chilled
  • 500g pack Asda White Bread Mix
  • 1 level tsp Asda Mixed Spice
  • 1 tsp Asda Ground Cinnamon
  • 175g currants
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 340ml milk, plus 4 tbsp
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 15g icing sugar
  • 40g granulated sugar
  • Grease two loaf tins. Rub the butter into the bread mix until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the spices, currants, mixed peel and caster sugar.

  • Break the egg into a jug and add enough milk to measure 350ml. Beat lightly. Add to the bread mix.

  • Knead for 5 minutes on a floured surface. Shape into two loaves and put in the tins. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and put in a warm place to double in size.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. For the crosses, mix the flour with the oil, icing sugar and 3 tbsp water. Put in plastic bag, snip off a corner and pipe onto the loaves.

  • Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5 and cook for 15-20 minutes.

  • Heat the sugar and 4 tbsp milk until dissolved. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, then brush on the loaves. Remove from the tins and leave to cool.