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Hot Cross Buns – An Easter Bread Tradition

As I looked toward the Easter Holiday, I needed the perfect Easter food.  Everything I’d made before seemed so blah, blah, blah to me.  Maybe because I make the same things every year.  Then, it came to me!  Hot cross buns!  Traditionally, they’re made on Good Friday and it’s said that if you share one with a friend, your friendship will be solid for the rest of the year.  Well, I’m sharing mine with YOU.  May our friendship stay constant throughout the year and beyond.  HAPPY EASTER!!!

The Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ¾ tsp yeast
  • 2 ½ Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 Tbs milk
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 bag dried mixed fruit (5 ounces)

How to Make Hot Cross Buns

  1. Combine the flour and the yeast together and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add sugar and salt and stir together again.
  3. Beat the eggs and combine with the milk and add to the flour mixture in a well in the bowl.
  4. Mix together and add the butter a few pats at a time as you go.
  5. Once all the butter has been incorporated, the dough will be loose, pour the dough out onto a liberally floured board.
  6. Flour the top of the dough lightly and knead the dough, folding it in on itself until the dough becomes thick enough to knead with your hands.  TIP:  lighter is better than heavier when it comes to dough.  It should be heavy enough to form, but light enough so that it retains some stickiness.
  7. Flatten the dough and put a layer of dried fruit over the top.
  8. Knead into the dough.  If you still have some to add, re-flatten and sprinkle the rest over the dough and incorporate.
  9. Form a ball and put into greased bowl to rise for 45 minutes.
  10. Pour dough ball out onto lightly floured surface and knead and flatten into a disk.
  11. Cut into 12 equal parts with a knife and form individual dough balls for buns by folding the dough under itself.
  12. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  13. Cover and set on the stove while you preheat oven to 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  14. Brush with an egg wash and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. You can tell if they’re done by the golden brown color when they’re fully baked.
  15. Cool the buns completely and then make the icing for the crosses.

How to Make the Icing for Hot Cross Buns

1 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbs. half and half

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Mix together.  if it seems too thick, add a bit more half and half.  Put the icing in a bag and snip the end to pipe on the icing as a cross across each bun.

The Finished Product

What do you think? Will you make these this Easter?

 

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A traditional easter bread that brings good luck to every friend you share them with. This medium-difficulty recipe is sure to please!
Ingredients
  • Bread
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp yeast
  • 2 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs large
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 1 stick butter cut into pieces
  • 5 oz dried fruit mixed flavors
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs half and half
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • Bread
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp yeast
  • 2 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs large
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 1 stick butter cut into pieces
  • 5 oz dried fruit mixed flavors
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs half and half
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Servings:
Units:
Instructions
The Bread
  1. Combine the flour and the yeast together and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add sugar and salt and stir together again.
  3. Beat the eggs and combine with the milk and add to the flour mixture in a well in the bowl. Mix together and add the butter a few pats at a time as you go.
  4. Once all the butter has been incorporated, the dough will be loose, pour the dough out onto a liberally floured board. Flour the top of the dough lightly and knead the dough, folding it in on itself until the dough becomes thick enough to knead with your hands. It should be heavy enough to form, but light enough so that it retains some stickiness.
  5. Flatten the dough and put a layer of dried fruit over the top. Knead into the dough. If you still have some to add, re-flatten and sprinkle the rest over the dough and incorporate.
  6. Form a large ball and put into greased bowl to rise for 45 minutes.
  7. Once risen, pour dough ball out onto lightly floured surface and knead and flatten into a disk. Cut into 12 equal parts with a knife and form individual dough balls for buns by folding the dough under itself.
  8. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and set on the stove while you preheat oven to 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  9. Brush with an egg wash and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. You can tell if they're done by the golden brown color when they're fully baked. Cool the buns completely and then make the icing for the crosses.
The Icing
  1. Mix together. if it seems too thick, add a bit more half and half. Put the icing in a bag and snip the end to pipe on the icing as a cross across each bun.
Recipe Notes

 TIP:  In step 4, when forming the dough lighter is better than heavier when it comes to dough.

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