Thursday, March 24, 2011

Easter: Hot Crossed Buns

I've always wanted to try Hot Cross Buns.  I'm sorry I didn't listen to myself sooner because these were really delicious, and easy to throw together.  I adapted this from Tasty Kitchen, pull out a few ingredients, adding measurements to a good! 
Ingredients for the Buns: 
2 c. milk, 1/2 c. oil, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 pkg active dry yeast, 4 c. flour, 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. baking soda, 2 t. salt, 1/4 c. sugar, 1 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. nutmeg, 1/2 t. allspice, 1/2 c. raisins. 
Instructions for the Buns: 
Combine the milk, oil, and sugar in the saucepan.  Stir and heat until very warm, but not boiling. 
Turn off heat and cool until warm (not too hot). 
Add yeast and flour to mix and stir.  The mix is not like 'regular dough,' it's sticky. 
Cover with a towel and set aside for one hour. 
Mix 1/2 c. flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Knead quickly into mix. 
Roll out dough on a floured surface. 
In a seperate bowl mix sugar, cinnamon and spices. 
Sprinkle 1/2 of mix over dough and add 1/3 of raisins. 
 Fold over. 
 Flatten the dough, don't allow any of the seasoning and raisins to show.  Repeat sugar/raisin step, and fold one more time, and repeat a third time. 
Pinch off 20 even balls, roll into balls. 
 Let rise for about an hour.  (I placed mine with syran wrap covering my rolls in the fridge, and pulled them out for about 45 minutes the next day before baking. 
BEFORE BAKING add a glaze:  1 egg mixed with 1 t+ of milk brushed on top. 
Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. 
Mix 1 egg white with enough powdered sugar to be very thick (I need to do this better next time, my icing was too thin, but it still tasted great).  Add to ziplock bag, snip end and create the cross. 


Sherry said...

Okay. I should learn to not look at these kind of posts when I should be going to bed. Now I am going to be craving and craving... They look great!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

My mother makes hot crossed buns every year. She has to make a special batch without raisins just for me:) Love 'em!

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

Hi Christy,

I will be featuring your Milk and Cookies Baby Shower on my blog tomorrow. You did a great job! Thanks for letting me share it!
Party and Entertaining Inspiration

Jo-Tina said...

Tried these out today... they were super simple and came out really yummy... I love your blog!!!

Christy said...

Jo-Tina, I'm so glad you enjoyed these! I try a lot of recipes on the net that don't work, and I'm always so hopeful that people have as much success with the ones I post b/c I know what a pain it can be to go through the effort for less than stellar results! Happy Easter!