Preschool Bakers: Hot Cross Buns

Our Easter celebration traditions would have to include Hot Cross Buns. Good Friday is the day we make our own Hot Cross Buns.
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We start in the morning and by afternoon tea time we have fresh Hot Cross Buns straight from the oven. Oh and the added bonus…that delicious smell of the buns baking wafting through the house!

Cooking with three preschoolers takes preparation. First of all I got everything ready. Recipe, all the ingredients and utensils were all laid out on the kitchen bench.
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We wash our hands and put on our aprons.
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Hot Cross Buns
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
What you'll need
  • 350ml water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbl oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbl sugar
  • 600g/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbl ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbl ground mix spice
  • 3 Tbl milk powder
  • 21/4 tsp yeast
  1. Place all ingredients into the bread pan in the exact order listed.
  2. Lock the bread pan into position and close the bread maker lid.
  3. Press menu to dough setting.
  4. Press Start.
  5. Add 1 cup of sultanas at the sound of the beeps.
  6. After the knead and rise cycles press Stop and remove the bread pan. Split the dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls.
  7. Place the balls close together on a lightly greased baking tray.
  8. Cover and place in a warm place to rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  9. Blend together 2 Tbl water and ¼ cup plain flour until a smooth batter is formed. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe a cross onto each bun.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Slide buns from baking tray onto a wire rack. Brush the following glaze over the top of the hot buns.
  12. /2 cup icing sugar, ¼ tsp allspice, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 2 Tbl water.

We turned this cooking activity into a sensory experience and explored our five senses.

When putting the ingredients into the bread tin, lots of exploring can occur. Talk about the smell of the ingredients. Taste some of them and arrange some to touch. Here Chook is looking as he carefully pours in the water and scoops out the flour.
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Clicking the bread tin into the bread maker requires us to use our sense of hearing.
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Chook pushed the button until the little red light got to the ‘Dough’ setting, which I had shown him. (Sight)
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We popped the buns into the oven and waited expectantly for 15 minutes. During this time Chook wanted to see the buns. So we popped the oven light on for him so he could watch them cook. We talked about the oven being hot and we discussed the lovely smell coming from the oven. (Touch, Sight and Smell)

We checked to see if they were cooked by tapping the top of the buns to hear the hollow sound that indicates they are cooked. (Hearing)
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Hot cross buns 9Mmmmm, delicious!


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