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Storing Hot Cross Buns

Asked by Makhnath. Answered on 29th March 2021

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I would like to have a go at making Hot Cross Buns, but since I live alone, I was wondering if they can be frozen and at which stage?

Hot Cross Buns
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Hot Cross Buns
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Nigella's Hot Cross Buns (from FEAST) are easy to make as they do their first rise overnight in the fridge, meaning they can be shaped and do a second rise in the morning and then be baked. It is possible to freeze the buns after baking, for up to one month. If you only want to use a couple at a time then freeze the buns in a resealable container with baking parchment (parchment paper) in between the layers of buns. The buns should thaw in about an hour at room temperature, sitting on a wire rack, and are best split and toasted once they have thawed.

It is also possible to shape the buns after the first rise and then freeze them (packaged as above). The buns need to be left to thaw and prove, covered with a clean tea towel, then glazed and baked. However, it is difficult to judge how long the buns take to thaw and prove, as it will depend a lot on the temperature of the room and the size of the buns. So you may find it more convenient to freeze the buns after baking.

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