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Hot Cross Buns

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Serves 20 | Prep Time | Cook Time 15

Why I Love This Recipe

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

This rhyme has been in my head for a week, I am going crazy. I guess its better than the usual "Dora the explorer" or "Shes a little princess" song that I have stuck in my head. Ahh life as I mother you have to love it.

I have always wanted to make hot cross buns since I was a kid and read this rhyme, something just seemed really cool about them. Why else would they make that rhyme? Do you remember the movie Heidi? That was my favorite growing up. I always wanted to eat bread and cheese so I could pretend to be her when I was playing. Maybe I was just a weird kid, lol. Anyway, I finally made my buns. They were so cute and fun, everyone at my husbands work loved them.

Ingredients You'll Need

4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup raisins
1 beaten egg white
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk


1. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a pan heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until warm (120 degree F to 130 degree F) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture to dry mixture. Add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high 3 minutes. Stir in and as much remaining flour as you can.

2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1-1/2 hours).

3. Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 20 portions. Shape portions into smooth balls. Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise until nearly double (45 to 60 minutes).

4. Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross slash across top of each bun. In small bowl combine beaten egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Brush mixture of egg white and water over rolls. Bake in a 375 degree F oven 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. For icing, in a mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk or juice. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing is of drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing into slashes atop each bun. Serve warm.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

I've got to try these! One question (it may seem silly.)- I know the tradition, or a tradtion for them, but why are they called hot? By they time they're given away, or even served, they're not hot, any more.

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