Hot Cross Buns

Holidays & Special Occasions Easter- Ostara Hot Cross Buns

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      Hot Cross Buns

      1/2 cup water, warm —  105 to 155°
      2 1/4-oz pkg active dry yeast
      1/2 cup sugar
      1 cup milk, warm — 105 to 115°
      1 tsp salt
      1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
      1/4 cup butter, softened
      6 cups all-purpose flour (up to 6 1/2 cups)
      3 eggs
      1 tsp vanilla extract
      1/2 cup dried raisins
      1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped

      For the Egg Wash:
      1 egg white
      1 tsp water

      For the Lemon Icing:
      1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
      1 tsp lemon juice, fresh
      1 tsp lemon zest
      1 1/2 tbs milk

      1. Pour the warm water into the large bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle the yeast and 1 tbs of sugar over it. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 min.
      2. Add the remaining sugar, warm milk, salt, nutmeg, and butter.
      3. Add 3 cups of the flour, and using the paddle attachment of the mixer, beat at medium speed until smooth and elastic, about 5 min.
      4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
      5. Beat in the vanilla, raisins and apricots and 1 cup more of the flour. Beat until well mixed, about 1 min.
      6. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough that just clears the sides of bowl is formed.
      7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 min.
      8. Place the dough in a large greased bowl. Turn once to coat the top and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
      9. Punch down the dough. Cover with an inverted bowl and let stand for 10 min.
      10. Divide the dough into 24 equal portions. Roll each portion into a smooth ball. Place the balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet or pan.
      11. Let the rolls rise until doubled in volume, about 25 to 30 min.
      12. Preheat the oven to 375°.
      13. Brush the rolls lightly with the egg wash.
      14. With a sharp knife, cut a cross no more than 1/2-inch deep in the top of each roll.
      15. Bake the rolls until golden brown, about 20 to 25 min. Transfer them to a wire rack and let cool.

      Make the Icing

      1. In a small bowl, mix together all of ingredients until well blended.
      2. Spoon the icing into a party bag fitted with small plain tip, and pipe a cross over the top of each roll.
      3. Let the buns stand at least 20 min for the icing to set before serving.
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Holidays & Special Occasions Easter- Ostara Hot Cross Buns