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Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Marshall, Joan
Added: Monday, October 9, 2006

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2/3 c. milk
4 Tbs butter
1/4 tsp minced orange peel
3 c. flour (prefer bread flour)
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
3/4 c. dried fruit
1 egg
1 pkg dried yeast
egg wash (1 beaten egg)



Cross icing:

3 tbs flour
2 tsp sugar
3 tbs water



Glaze:

1 Tbs powdered sugar
1/4 tsp hot water

Directions:
Directions:
Heat the milk, butter and minced orange peel until lukewarm. Sift together the spices and flour in a large bowl. Add the dried fruit and yeast into the flour and mix well. Pour in the beaten egg and warm milk and mix to form a dough. Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable. All this can be done by hand or in a food mixer with a dough hook. Leave the dough to rise either overnight in the fridge or in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. Take out the dough and knock back and divide into 16 pieces. Knead each into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet, almost touching. Score the tops with an X shape and leave to rise again for about 45 minutes in a warm place so they join up. When they have risen, brush with egg wash. Mix up the flour, sugar and water for the cross icing - don't do this early or it will make a glue!! Fill the X marks with icing. (This is easy with a resealable bag with corner cut off.) Bake at 425F for 15-20 minutes. When they come out of the oven, mix the powdered sugar and hot water and brush the glaze over the buns.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe originates with Penzey's Spices.


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