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Hot Cross Buns for Easter Recipe

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This recipe for Hot Cross Buns for Easter, by , is from Kostelyk Family Cookbook: Only Good Stuff!, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Sherri Nee
Added: Sunday, November 23, 2008


For buns:
4 - 4 1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 c. currants
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
6 T. sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1/3 c. lukewarm water (90-110 degrees)
2 eggs

For egg wash:
1 egg
1 t. water
pinch of salt

Stir together 4 c. flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add the currants and stir to coat.
In a small saucepan (or microwave on low) combine milk, butter and sugar and heat until butter is melted. Allow to cool until just lukewarm. Meanwhile, add the yeast to the warm water and let soften. Beat the eggs well and then add along with the yeast mixture to the milk.
Make a hollow in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquids. Mix to a dough and then turn out onto a well-floured surface and knead 10 minutes or until smooth, adding up to 1/2 c. more flour if dough is sticky. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat both sides, and cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces if you want big rolls, or 16 pieces for smaller rolls, and roll them into balls. Place on a well-greased cookie sheet, cover with greased plastic wrap, and let rise again until doubled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375. Beat together the ingredients of the egg wash and brush gently over the buns with a pastry brush, then bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
When buns are done, whisk together the following ingredients to make a simple icing: 1 c. powdered sugar, 1 T. milk, 1/2 t. vanilla or almond extract.
Drizzle the icing in the shape of a cross on each bun and serve warm.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12-16 buns
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
2+ hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Must serve these warm.




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