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Hot Cross Scones

 Hot Cross Scones
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings
12
What You Need
½ sheet ready rolled sweet short pastry, thawed
3 ¼ cups self-raising flour
1 tsp Gregg's Ground Cinnamon
1 ½ tsp Gregg's Ground Mixed Spice
¾ cup raisins
1 cup (250mls) cream
1 cup (250mls) lemonade
Cinnamon Sugar Glaze:
½ tsp Gregg's Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp milk
Make It
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  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (fan bake). Grease the sides and line the base of a 23cm loose bottom cake tin with baking paper. 
  2. Cut thin strips from the pastry sheet for the crosses. Set aside. 
  3. Sift self-raising flour, Gregg's Ground Cinnamon and Gregg's Ground Mixed Spice into a mixing bowl. Stir in raisins. Make a well in the centre and pour in cream and lemonade and mix to form a soft dough. 
  4. Turn onto a floured work surface and gently knead the dough into a smooth ball. Roll or pat the dough out to a thickness of 3cm. Cut into 12 rounds using a 6cm diameter cookie cutter, dipping it in flour to avoid the dough sticking to the cutter. Place 9 scones in a circle and then fill in the centre with the remaining 3 scones. 
  5. Place a pastry cross on each scone, cutting the pastry to fit. Brush the tops with cinnamon sugar glaze. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and cooked. (Check the centre scones with a skewer ensuring it comes out clean). Leave in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve warm with butter.
  6. Cinnamon Sugar Glaze: Whisk Gregg's Ground Cinnamon, brown sugar and milk together.

Gluten free option: To make these scones gluten free replace the standard self-raising flour with gluten free self-raising flour. You may find that you will need a little extra lemonade as the gluten free flour tends to absorb more liquid than the standard flour, but make sure you end up with a soft dough. To make the crosses either use gluten free pastry or make a cross by using the back of a knife to make indentations in the dough. Brush the buns with the cinnamon glaze before cooking as per the recipe.

  • If you don’t have a 6cm diameter cookie cutter use a glass of a similar size diameter, making sure it is well dusted with flour.
  • The tin should hold 12 scones.
  • If you don’t have a tin, you can place individual scones on a tray, ensuring to keep them close together to avoid spreading. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • If you have any dough left over these can be made into individual scones and baked on a tray for 15-20 minutes.
  • Replace raisins with sultanas if wished.
  • If you don’t like raisins or sultanas add ½ cup of chocolate chips in place of the fruit.
  • Instead of butter, you can serve with your favourite jam.
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