Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are a sweet, spiced bun with candied fruit and marked on the top with a cross made from icing. In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of The Crucifixion.

My Hot Cross Buns are yet another adaptation of my Sweet Dough Dinner Rolls that I make in my bread maker. I'm sure you can modify to mix in Kitchen Aid or by hand if you ensure you use luke warm milk, room temperature egg, and even warm flour.

Add the following in this order:
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2-4 tablespoons water (as needed, add as you knead dough if dry or stiff)
1/4 cup candied fruit

Icing:
1/4 cup cream cheese,softened
1/4 cup icing sugar
milk if needed

- Knead 20 minutes, then add candied fruit. Rest 1 hour.
- Turn dough out and shape into rolls.
- Place in greased baking dish and brush with melted margarine.
- Let stand 10 minutes.
- Bake @ 350° for 20-25 minutes.
- Cream together cream cheese and sugar. If stiff add a little milk. Place in baggie and cut corner to squeeze icing out over buns making crosses.
- Makes 9-12 buns.

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