Easter Hot Cross Buns




 Good Friday Hot Cross Buns

These are an Easter Tradition and they are simply, delicious! I have tried many a recipe and non compared to my mom's. These are fluffy, light, tastes exactly like a cinnamon donut, and melts in your mouth. Not to mention, they are beautiful to serve your family and have the cross, representing Jesus' crucifixion.

This recipe and my bread recipe comes from The World of Breads book, out of print, yet still available, used. If you love to bake bread, you'll want to get this book; it's chalked full of great bread recipes!



Ingredients:
printable recipe
2 cups scalded milk 
{scalded milk is bringing almost to a boil 185 degrees F.}
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 cakes yeast
1/3 warm water
2 eggs
8 cups flour {you might not need all of this}
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups raisins (optional)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Icing:

4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
(you might need more to reach desired consistency)
Directions:

Dissolve your yeast and water in a small bowl until foamy (about 5 minutes). Meanwhile, pour your scalded milk over your butter and sugar. When the milk mixture has cooled, pour in your proofed yeast and eggs. Stir until combined. Add your salt and spices, and raisins (if using) now add your flour one cup at a time until your get a soft elastic dough. You may not need all the flour called for so be careful here...

Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead until smooth. Place in a oiled bowl and place a light kitchen towel on top to cover. Let rise until doubled, about an hour. 

Punch dough down and shape into 30 balls placing them on a buttered baking sheet. Let rest for 30 minutes, covered by a towel. 
Place in a 375 degree F. oven for the first 10 minutes; then turn the oven down to 350 degrees for about 15 minutes more or until nice and golden. 

Take your frosting and mark a cross to represent Jesus' crucifixion. (Then you can dunk the whole roll in...yum!)

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