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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

"With their tender texture and pretty frosted crosses, these Easter buns are both tasty and attractive. Dolores Skrout of Summerhill, Pennsylvania adds a little orange juice to the frosting for a delicate citrusy flavor."
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Ingredients

50 m servings
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Original recipe yields 18 servings

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  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs;beat until smooth. Stir in raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 18 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place in two 9-in. round baking pans coated with nonstick cooking spray. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each roll. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over buns. Bake at 375 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; pipe crosses onto rolls.

Footnotes

  • Nutritional Analysis: One bun equals 207 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 107 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

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What a hit this Easter!!! I followed the recipe exactly except that rather than knead the bread for 6-8 minutes, I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid mixer and ran it on level 2 for 7 minutes...

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I made these exactly as stated but used my kitchen aid mixer as another reviewer suggested for kneading. I don't know what I could have done differently exactly but these were small little rock-...

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What a hit this Easter!!! I followed the recipe exactly except that rather than knead the bread for 6-8 minutes, I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid mixer and ran it on level 2 for 7 minutes...

I used dried apricots cut up into raisin-sized pieces, and the flavor with the cinnamon and orange peel icing was divine. The buns didn't rise as much as they should have, so I'd advise that if ...

These were very good and I have been making them for eons. I do add glaced fruit bits such as lemon, cherries etc in very small amounts. A good way to make the crosses is to prepare the frosting...

This recipe baked up very nicely. I added chopped candied citrus peel to the dough, in addition to the raisins. I thought the cinnamon was a bit much, and would cut it in half next time.

These were very yummy! I made them for Easter and turned out very good! The orange flavored frosting was so good! Will definately make again!

These turned out so great! I just didn't wait long enough for the buns to cool and added the frosting too soon which made the crosses into just blobs...but they still tasted good!

I just made these and they are awesome! The orange frosting is perfect for this type of roll. I did find using a regular pastry bag worked the best for piping the crosses, as my frosting was too...

This was my first time trying to make hot cross buns. I followed the recipe exactly (but did add in a little vanila to the dough) and rolls truned out light, airy and delicious! Thanks so much...

Never made hot cross buns before - these turned out great! I added finely chopped golden raisins and dried apricots (both softened a bit in some apple juice). My 3 boys inhaled them at breakfa...

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