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« on: March 17, 2010 09:56:05 PM »



Some older friends of mine wanted hot cross buns for Lent.  They said it was a Lenten tradition.  I've never made them.  They challenged me.  I did my best.

Just to show off the texture and the pretty little flecks of nutmeg.  Did you know the distinctive flavor in hot cross buns was nutmeg?  I didn't.  

Here are the general ingredients and shortcut instructions for experienced bread makers.  I've posted the full road map-like instructions on my blog.  http://216.69.151.141/blog/?p=2689  

Buns

1 cup milk
2 1/4 tsp yeast
3 Tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temperature, beaten
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 - 3 1/2 cups flour

Mix like standard bread dough.  Let rise until double.  Punch down and knead in 1/2 cup raisins or currents if you want.  Shape rolls.  Let rise until double.  Brush with egg wash (1 egg beated with 1 Tbsp cold water).  Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

Glaze

Juice of one lemon
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 -2 cups powdered sugar

Mix to either glaze or frosting consistency.  Glaze or pipe crosses on warm buns.

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010 10:12:10 PM »

Mmmmm these look especially tasty Grin I can't wait to try out the recipe.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010 10:26:05 PM »

They look tasty but I've never heard of hot cross buns without raisins in them and with frosting on top - interesting  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010 05:28:09 AM »

I just bought some from a bakery yesterday. They have the traditional icing cross and raisins. I never dreamed of making these at home until now! Yours look beautiful and super soft. Oh and very yummy.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2010 06:00:46 AM »

I tried making hot cross buns once, but mine didn't turn out as pretty as yours.. I think I'll have to give it another go and try your recipe.
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2010 07:57:34 AM »

Those look fantastic! They look moist and perfectly cooked. Nice job!
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010 08:33:01 AM »

My Grandma used to make these when I was little.   Smiley  I rarely eat bread these days, but this looks yummy!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2010 09:50:36 AM »

Thanks everyone.  I know they are supposed to have raisins or currents, but I didn't have a lot of time to get them made and I don't really like raisins in bread so I made this batch without.  If I was going to add dried fruit, I think I might try dried blueberries first! 
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2010 03:57:12 PM »

When I was a kid, hot cross buns had candied fruits along with the raisins (the same kind that are in stollen bread, and are sold at Christmas for fruit cake). Since I'm too cheap to buy them, I only found out recently that the candied fruit got dropped over the years.

Yours look really good!
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2010 09:48:04 AM »

I have some in the oven now  Grin
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