Hot Cross Buns

Here is a delicious recipe I have used for several years to make Hot Cross Buns. They are sweet and spicy and so very good! Traditionally, people made these on Good Friday and ate them Resurrection Sunday as a sort of physical reminder to them. You could make them any time of year though. Perhaps for tea time or a special breakfast.  Don’t be daunted by the list of ingredients as the buns go together rather quickly. I hope you will try them!

Buns:
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package (or 1 Tbsp) dry yeast
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup warm milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup currants (Currants are to the British what cranberries are to Americans.
If you would prefer to use dry cranberries, they work just as well.
Also they are good plain.)
1/4 cup mixed, candied peel, chopped

Glaze:
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons water

Icing:
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 teaspoons water

1. In measuring cup, combine warm water with 1 Tbsp. of the sugar; sprinkle yeast over top. Let stand for 10 minutes or until frothy. Meanwhile, in large bowl, blend together remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cloves; make a well in the center.

2. In small bowl, whisk together milk, butter, egg and egg yolk; pour into well. Pour in yeast mixture. Using wooden spoon, stir until soft dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead for 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

3. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down; turn out onto floured surface; knead in currants and peel. Shape into 12-inch log; cut into 9 even pieces.

4. Stretch, tuck and pinch sides of dough all around to meet underneath. Using cupped hand, roll into seamless ball. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 35 minutes or until impression remains when dough is poked.

5. Bake buns in 400F (200C) oven for about 16 minutes or until golden brown. Glaze: In saucepan, stir sugar with water over medium heat until dissolved. Brush over buns. Let cool.

6. Icing: Stir together icing sugar and water. Using piping bag fitted with round tip, pipe cross on top of each cooled bun. Enjoy!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said…” Matthew 28: 5-6a

Jesus Christ Has Risen and Is Alive Today!

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