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easter 2010

  1. Add the warm water to a medium sized bowl and stir in the brown sugar until dissolved.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast granules over the top and put aside
  3. Melt the butter and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl or electric mixer sift the flour, milk powder, spices and salt and then add the dried fruits.
  5. When the yeast mix is frothy add to the flour and fruit and pour in the melted butter. Mix to combine and knead by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook for about 8 minutes or until lovely and smooth.
  6. Cover and set aside to at least double in size (1 hour or more).
  7. Preheat your oven to 200°C (392°F) with two large terracotta pot saucers.
  8. Knock back the dough and cut in half, roll each piece into a rough 30cm diameter circle and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
  9. Assemble your toppings.
  10. Dust the hot terracotta saucers with cornmeal and place on your shaped pizza dough circles.
  11. Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese and the broken chocolate, treats over the top on the dough and drizzle with honey.
  12. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pizza base is cooked through.
  13. Makes 2

O.K I have to be honest - this pizza is not so much "cross" as just plain MAD!

My favourite Hot Cross Bun dough baked in a terracotta pot saucer topped with chopped chocolate and dollops of cream cheese. This would be a great way to share any leftover Easter Eggs too assuming you're willing to make that kind of extreme sacrifice of course!

  • Hot Cross Bun Pizza
  • 310 ml of warm water
  • ½ cup of soft brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of dry active yeast
  • 3½ cups of strong, high grade white bakers flour
  • 2 tablespoons of dried milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of dried fruit such as raisins and currants
  • ¼ cup of mixed peel - (optional)
  • 25 grams / 1 oz of butter, melted
  • 2 x terracotta pot saucers, approximately 30cm in diameter
  • fine cornmeal to dust the terracotta
  • 250 grams of cream cheese
  • 250 grams of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup of chocolate Easter treats, chopped if necessary
  • ¼ cup of honey
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