Hot Cross Buns

I have never made Hot Cross Buns before, and certainly never from scratch considering my fear of yeast until the past year or so!  This year however I saw a recipe on Pinterest and decided I just had to try it.  What could possibly go wrong?  Other than the 3 of us eating a whole pan of nice, warm Hot Cross Buns….. Nothing! (embarrassed face)

Here is the link to the recipe I found and that turned out absolutely perfect!  I want to give credit where credit is due and this recipe was easy to follow and the results could not have been better.  https://www.sweetestmenu.com/blog/homemade-hot-cross-buns#_a5y_p=5201793

Sandie


Here is my step-by-step making this recipe

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This is everything I needed to make the recipe. The first thing I did was sprinkle the 2 1/4 tsp. of yeast with the 1/2 cup of warm water and set aside to let the yeast activate.

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In the bowl of my stand mixer I blended two cups of flour, 4 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp.ginger, 1 tsp. allspice (I didn’t have any nutmeg) and 1 cup of raisins.

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I warmed up the 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of margarine in the microwave so it was hot but I could still put my finger in the cup.

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Next I beat the 2 eggs in one bowl, mixed the 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp. of salt in another, then mixed it all together in the measuring cup with the milk and butter.

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Now I mixed the milk mixture in the bowl of the mixer bowl with the flour mixture until blended and then added the yeast and water mixture. Once mixed, I added the remaining 1 3/4 cups of flour and blended this until it was a nice soft dough and started to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Now I let the mixer knead the dough for about 5 minutes.

I then transferred the dough to the countertop sprinkled with flour and kneaded by hand for another 2 minutes and formed it into a ball.

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I placed the dough ball into a clean, greased bowl, turning once to make sure the top was greased too and then put in the oven on Proof for one hour until it had doubled in size.

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Once the dough had doubled in size I punched it down to get rid of any air bubbles, divided the dough into 12 not quite even portions and shaped into “buns,” then placed into my prepared pan. I let this rise for another half hour in the oven on the Proof setting.

Now was the time to do the actual “Cross” portion of the Hot Cross Buns!  I mixed 1/3 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of water to make a paste.  I didn’t have an icing bag so I just put this mixture into a resealable sandwich bag and snipped a little portion of the corner.  I piped the crosses on the buns using this paste and sandwich bag and then placed the buns into the preheated oven at 350 and baked them for 20 minutes.

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While the buns were baking I made the sugar glaze.  This consisted of mixing together 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water.  I microwaved it for about 3 1/2 minutes until it was thick and bubbly, stopping to whisk it every minute.  I then brushed the glaze onto the buns and literally stared at the pan for about 5 minutes before I decided enough was enough and cut them up to taste them! (My son conveniently hovered in the kitchen while they were baking!  I was really surprised he didn’t just pull up a chair and put it in front of the oven door like he used to when he was little)

While it was well worth the wait, I have no idea why we put ourselves through that!  They are absolutely delicious!

Oh, and my son (and husband, once we decided we could possibly share) gave it 2 sticky thumbs up!


Again, here is where you can find the Full Recipe at:

at https://www.sweetestmenu.com/blog/homemade-hot-cross-buns#_a5y_p=5201793.

It is well worth trying!  You will not be disappointed!

Thank you Sweetest Menu for an absolutely delicious recipe!eep

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