500g wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
⅓ cup maple syrup
2 tsp mixed spice powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
10g fast-action dried yeast
1 free-range egg, beaten
Olive oil, for greasing
½ cup tapioca flour
3 tbsp water
NUTRA ORGANICS PRODUCTS
1 tbsp Golden Latte
- Put the flour and spices into a large bowl and mix together. Then add the salt and yeast, placing them on opposite sides of the bowl.
- Melt the butter in a pan and warm the milk (to a tepid temperature) in a separate pan (because they heat at different rates). Add the butter and half the tepid milk to the dry ingredients. Add the egg & maple syrup and bring the mixture together, incorporating the flour from the edges of the bowl. Gradually add the remaining milk, to form a soft pliable dough.
- Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand incorporating the sultanas and mixed peel into the dough. Lightly knead for 10 minutes until silky and elastic and forming a smooth ball (the kneading can also be done in a food mixer with a dough hook). Oil a bowl and place the dough in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rest in a warm place for about 1½ hours or until doubled in size.
- Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knock back and knead for a further 5 minutes. Return to the bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for a further hour, or until doubled in size.
- Turn the dough out again onto a floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces, shaping each of these into a ball. Line 1-2 baking trays with paper and place the balls on the tray, placing them fairly close together and flattening them slightly
- Cover the trays again (with a baking bag if you have one), leave for 40-60 minutes until the buns have doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- For the topping, add the tapioca flour to a bowl with 3 tbsp water. Mix together to make a paste and spoon into an icing bag.
- When the buns have risen remove the cover and pipe a cross on each bun. Bake for 15-20 minutes until pale golden-brown.
- While the buns are still warm, brush the buns with a little maple syrup to give a nice shine, set aside to cool on a wire rack.
- Before serving, mix together butter and Golden Latte to make a delicious chai butter.
- Cut buns in half and spread with chai butter.