Herdwick lamb filled hot cross bun with a marmalade glaze

Herdwick lamb filled hot cross bun with a marmalade glaze

This recipe by Gabriel Waterhouse is a playful twist on a hot cross bun. The dough is based on a doughnut dough, and the filling is a sweet-and-savoury mixture of braised Herdwick lamb, chutney and slow-cooked lyonnaise onions.
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  • Serves: 20 persons



  1. Step 1

    To cook the lamb, first preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 3
  2. Step 2

    With a knife, remove any larger pieces of fat from the shoulder
  3. Step 3

    Season the lamb with salt and black pepper
  4. Step 4

    Sear to a golden brown colour on all sides in a heavy pan with a lid. There’s no need for oil, as the fat on the lamb will render down as it sears
  5. Step 5

    Once seared, add the wine, garlic, thyme and rosemary to the pan. Place the lid on top and bring to a simmer
  6. Step 6

    Place in the oven for 3 hours or until tender
  7. Step 7

    Remove from the oven and leave to cool at room temperature
  8. Step 8

    For the lyonnaise onions, first peel and half the onions, then cut them into long thin slices
  9. Step 9

    Melt the butter in a heavy pan with a lid. Cook the onions in the butter with the lid on for 30 minutes, or until softened
  10. Step 10

    Remove the lid and continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes until the onions turn a pale golden brown, then remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper and leave to cool
  11. Step 11

    Next make the plum, date and fig chutney. In a heavy pan over a medium heat add the honey and spices and warm gently. Add a little water if it looks like the spices might burn
  12. Step 12

    After a few minutes add the dried fruit, water and stir. Place a lid onto the pan and cook for 15 minutes over a medium heat until the fruit softens
  13. Step 13

    Leave to cook for 5 minutes before transferring to a food processor with a blade attachment and blending to a smooth paste. Remove from the blender and leave to cool
  14. Step 14

    To make the hot cross bun dough, first place all the dough ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Bring the ingredients together to form a smooth dough
  15. Step 15

    Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for 1 hour
  16. Step 16

    For the hot cross bun filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment add 200g of the cooked lamb, 100g chutney, 100g lyonnaise onions and 1 heaping teaspoon harissa
  17. Step 17

    Season with salt and pepper and bring the mixture together until combined. Check the seasoning - it should be well seasoned, and have plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add more harissa if you like things a bit spicier
  18. Step 18

    Line a tray with parchment paper and roll the mixture between your hands forming around 20, 20g meatballs. Place the tray into the freezer and freeze until hard. Once frozen you can store the balls in a container in the freezer
  19. Step 19

    Remove the bun dough from the fridge and divide it into 20, 30g balls
  20. Step 20

    Using your hands, flatten each ball into a small circle and place a lamb meatball into the centre of each
  21. Step 21

    Encase each meatball in the dough, carefully sealing it inside by pinching the dough firmly at one end
  22. Step 22

    Line the buns onto a tray, placing the sealed side onto the bottom of the tray
  23. Step 23

    Combine the white flour and water in a small bowl and bring to a thick paste
  24. Step 24

    Place into a small piping bag, cut a 2mm sized hole in the end and carefully pipe a cross onto each bun
  25. Step 25

    In a pan carefully heat vegetable oil to 180°C
  26. Step 26

    Fry the hot cross buns, just a few at a time for several minutes to a golden brown colour, moving them around the pan with a spoon. Remove them carefully onto kitchen paper to drain
  27. Step 27

    Warm a few spoonfuls of marmalade in a pan and using a pastry brush glaze the buns in the marmalade
  28. Step 28

    Serve straight away or keep warm in an oven until ready to serve