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Easter,Spring , a Recipe for Hot Cross Buns

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No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  ~Proverb

Recipe Editor: Jennifer Birchwale

Here is a simple Spring Holiday recipe many of you have been asking for:

Simple Hot Cross Buns


¾ cup warm water (110 degrees F)

2 tablespoons water (room temp)

3 tablespoons butter

¼ cup white sugar

3/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon powdered milk

1 egg, 1 egg white, 1 egg yolk

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

¾ cup dried currants (or raisins)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons milk

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

  1. Using a bread maker, put the warm water, milk powder, butter, ¼ cup sugar, egg, egg white, flour, salt, and yeast into it. Start the dough program on the bread maker.
  2. When 5 minutes remain on the kneading process in the maker, add the cinnamon and the currants (or raisins). Leave in the maker until after double.
  3. Take the dough out of the machine and punch it on a floured tabletop or surface. Cover dough and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Shape the dough into twelve medium sized balls and place on a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover the balls and let them rise in a warm area until double, which should be about 40 minutes after.
  5. Mix your 2 tablespoons water and egg yolk – brush on balls. Then place your pan into the oven (preheated to 375 degrees F) for 20 minutes. Directly after the 20 minutes, place your balls on a cooling area.
  6. In order to make the sign of the cross on your buns, mix the milk, vanilla, and the sugar together. In order to make this easier, mix this mixture in a plastic bag (like a sandwich bag). Knead this bag gently, and when the ingredients seem to be mixed, cut a small hole in the corner. You can then use this opening to create your crosses, like a pastry bag.
  7. Congrats! You’ve just made some awesome Hot Cross Buns!

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.  ~William Shakespeare


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