How To Make Hot Cross Buns

March 26, 2012 7:27 PM EDT
Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns (Photo: Flickr)

6 Servings

2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
1 tbsp butter, softened
1 egg
4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp raisins or dried fruits
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp milk

1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm milk.
2. In a separate bowl, stir in butter, egg, sugar and salt. Add 3/4 cup flour, raisins and dried fruits, and cinnamon.
3. Add to the yeast mixture and mix well. Stir in the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
4. Transfer the dough to the floured surface. Knead until elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl. Cover with wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
5. Punch dough down and shape into six two-inch balls. Place the balls two-inch apart from each other on a baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun. Cover with wrap; let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
6. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over the buns. Bake at 375 F until golden brown, for about 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
7. Combine icing ingredients. Pipe a cross over the tops of each roll.

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