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toodie jane Mar 19, 2008 05:54 PM

anybody have a well-tried recipe for hot cross buns?

  1. mrsjenpeters Mar 20, 2008 01:32 PM

    here's the recipe my mom uses. it's from the settlement cookbook, with some added updates from her. :)

    1 package dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
    1/4 c warm water
    1 c. butter
    3 eggs
    1 tsp. salt
    grated rind of 1/2 lemon
    1 c. warm milk
    4 - 5 1/2 c. flour

    Dissolve yeast in warm water. Cream butter and sugar; add eggs, one
    at a time, salt, lemon rind, the dissolved yeast, warm milk, and 4 c.
    of the flour. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed.
    place dough in a greased bowl. turn over dough to grease both sides.
    Cover with a warm, wet dish cloth and let rise in a warm place until
    doubled. Punch dough down.
    Shape into buns and place in a buttered cake pan. Cover and let rise
    until doubled.
    when half risen, cut two gashes at right angles across tops of buns.
    Let rise until 2 1/2 original bulk, then bake for 20 min. or so at
    375*.
    Drizzle confectioners sugar glaze on top in shape of a cross.

    Glaze: Add just enough milk to powdered sugar to make a glaze that is
    thin enough to drizzle, but not too thin. The crosses should retain
    some of their shape.

    1 Reply
    1. re: mrsjenpeters
      toodie jane Mar 21, 2008 11:04 AM

      thank you mrsjen! My Mom used homemade fondant for the crosses once they were out of the oven.

    2. rabaja Mar 20, 2008 08:59 AM

      I made them a couple years ago and was very pleased with the results.
      I believe I used a Nancy Silverton recipe, or it could have been from the Cheeseboard Collective cookbook, I'll have to check.
      I used whole wheat flour along with bread flour I believe, and candied orange peel and currants.
      They were surprisingly tender and cute. Will try to track down the recipe...

      1. pitu Mar 19, 2008 07:53 PM

        I don't, but you guys are so cute that it makes me want to look one up for you!
        alas, you can do that for yourself, and seek a recipe with a pedigree instead....
        : )

        1. maplesugar Mar 19, 2008 07:30 PM

          Hot Cross Buns
          Hot Cross Buns
          One-a-penny, Two-a-penny
          Hot Cross Buns
          If you have no daughters, give them to your sons
          One-a-penny, Two-a-penny
          Hot cross buns :)

          Hopefully someone remembers the rhyme AND a tried and true recipe... I only remember the rhyme(if memory serves) sorry :)

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