Apr 6, 2009

Hot Cross Buns

I just can't seem to get hot cross buns out of my head! It IS Easter week after all. Plus I DO love any kind of sweet roll I can get my hands on, and then I HAVE been focusing on MY OWN BUNS with my diet. They're not hot yet, by the way. For whatever reason, hot cross buns have been dancing in my head, in full taunt! I used to make them every Easter for my family and friends. Those sweet treat days are gone. Years ago I could have a hot cross bun - or two - or three, and then I could walk off a pound or two in two or three days. Now I'd still be walking it off the next Easter! So I will just have to share my wonderful Hot Cross Bun recipe with all of you lovely, YOUNGER - or LUCKIER ladies. I'll be thinking of you as you enjoy a tender, sweet, frosted YUMMY hot cross bun on Easter morning!

Hot Cross Buns
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
about 5 cups flour
1 ½ cups milk
½ cup butter
2 packages active dry yeast
1 egg
raisins, if desired
1 additional egg for brushing on rolls before baking

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, salt, yeast, and 1½ cups flour. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter until very warm. Dissolve yeast in warm milk mixture until bubbly. Beat milk into dry ingredients for 2 minutes. Beat in 1 egg and 1 cup remaining flour. Stir in raisins and enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning dough to grease top. Cover; let rise until double, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; turn out onto a floured surface and divide into 18 equal pieces. Cover; let stand 15 minutes. Grease 9x13 inch pan. Shape dough pieces into balls; place in prepared pan. Let rise until double, about 1 hour. Cut a cross into each roll, brush with beaten egg. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Fill in the cross in each bun with White Vanilla Glaze. Makes 18 delicious, yeasty Hot Cross Buns.

White Vanilla Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1-2 tablespoons warm milk or cream

Stir everything together with a whisk. If icing is to thick, add more milk or a drop of hot water. If icing is too thin, add a tablespoon more powdered sugar.


Heather said...

sounds yummy!

Pink Slippers said...

I have to try these. Sounds great!

Technonana said...

thanks for this very special recipe!! I love hotcross buns!!

~CC Catherine said...

Kathy, I know what you mean about our "CROSS BUNS"~ haha! It's almost like they get "CROSS" on us as they mature, eh? ;) BUT., I'm swapping this recipe for sure! We have guests coming into town and I know we'll just splurge for the Easter Holiday! ;) Thanks friend! ~CC Catherine