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Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Marcia Gevelinger Bastian
Added: Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 pkgs. active dry yeast, 1/2 c. sugar, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 3 1/4 c. unbleached flour, 1/2 c. milk, 2 T. water, 1/2 c. milk, 2 T. water, 1/2 c. butter, 4 eggs, 1 c. currants or raisins.

Vanilla Frosting: remaining egg whites, 1 c. powdered sugar, cream or milk as needed, 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Directions:
Directions:
In large bowl, mix yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon and 1 cup of the flour. In saucepan, combine milk, water and butter. Heat to 105 (butter need not melt). Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 c. more flour, 3 of the eggs and 1 egg yolk (reserve egg white). Beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour and currants or raisins (dough will be soft).
Place dough in clean greased bowl. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
Next day, with floured hands, shape dough into 18 2 inch balls. Arrange on greased baking sheets. Brush tops with slightly beaten reserved egg white. Let rise in warm place for 30 minutes or until light.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
Prepare frosting: Mix remaining egg whites with 1 c. powdered sugar and enough cream or milk to make a fairly stiff frosting. Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
While still warm, drizzle frosting across tops of buns into the form of a cross. Cool.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
18
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
These are traditionally served on Easter weekend. English lore states that Hot cross buns baked on Good Friday would never spoil throughout the year. Holding on to one HCB and hanging it in the kitchen meant that all yeast products in the coming year would rise successfully. Some sailors took the buns on their voyages to ensure that their ships wouldn't sink. Friends who gift one another with HCBs every year are said to remain friends for life.

 

 

 

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