Hot Cross Buns II

Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Breakfast Ideas Hot Cross Buns II

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      Hot Cross Buns II
      3/4 cup milk, low fat is fine, lukewarm
      2 tsp vanilla extract
      1 large egg, room temperature
      3 cups all-purpose flour
      1/3 cup granulated sugar
      1 scant tsp salt
      3 tsp active dry yeast
      1/4 cup softened butter, cut in 4 to 6 pieces
      1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
      3/4 to 1 cup currants or finely chopped dried peaches
      1 large egg yolk
      2 tbs water
      1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
      2 tbs milk
      1/2 tsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
      Whisk together the 3/4 cup milk, 2 tsp vanilla, and the egg.
      Add the milk mixture, flour, granulated sugar, salt, yeast, and butter to the bread machine, adding in the order suggested by your bread machine manufacturer.
      Set on dough cycle.

      Add cinnamon and currants or chopped dried fruit at beep. If the mixture seems too dry, add water in very small amounts.
      When dough is done and doubled in volume, remove to a lightly floured surface.
      Punch down, knead about 6 to 8 times, and let rest for 10 minutes.
      Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
      Tear off small pieces of dough and shape into balls. Place in the prepared baking pan.

      Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.
      Heat oven to 350°.
      Stir together the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Lightly brush the tops of the buns with the egg yolk mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until nicely browned.

      Remove pan to a rack to cool.
      Combine confectioners’ sugar with milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla, stirring until smooth. Add small amounts of hot water or more confectioners’ sugar, as needed, for drizzling consistency. With a spoon or decorating bag, drizzle crosses on the tops of the buns.
      Makes 16 pull-apart hot cross buns.
      coffeebath smilie

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Breakfast Ideas Hot Cross Buns II