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Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hot Cross Buns are popular during the Lenten season. Once Lent is over and Easter arrives, Hot Cross Buns simply disappear until next year. Everyone will like this seasonal treat.

Yield: 24 buns

Hot Cross Buns Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 Tbs. yeast

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 tsp. salt

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted, cool

  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

  • 4 eggs

  • 5 cups flour

  • 1 1/3 cups currants or raisins(try half and half)

  • 1 egg white

Hot Cross Bun Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar

  • 1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest

  • 1/2 tsp. lemon extract

  • 2 Tbs. milk

How to make Hot Cross Buns:

  1. Heat milk to very warm, but not hot temperature (100-110°F).

  2. Pour warm milk into a bowl and sprinkle in yeast.

  3. Mix to dissolve, let sit 5 minutes.

  4. Stirring constantly, add sugar, salt, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs.

  5. Mix in flour gradually.

  6. Knead dough until smooth.

  7. Cover bowl and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

  8. Knead dough again until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes.

  9. Add currants or raisins, knead until well mixed.

  10. Finished dough will be wet and sticky.

  11. Shape dough into a ball and place into a buttered dish.

  12. Cover dish with plastic wrap and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.

  13. Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for about a half-hour.

  14. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  15. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces.

  16. Shape each bun into a ball and place on baking sheet, 1/2" apart.

  17. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let dough rise to about double in size.

  18. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.

  19. After buns have risen, use a knife to slash buns with a cross.

  20. Brush buns with egg white and place in oven.

  21. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° F.

  22. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

  23. Cool buns on a wire rack.

  24. Mix together glaze ingredients.

  25. Use glaze to make the sign of the cross on the tops.

  26. Serve warm or cool.

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