How to Make Hot Cross Buns

I don’t know about you, but one of the first foods that comes to my mind when I think about Lent and Easter is hot cross buns (and the “Hot Cross Buns” song that always gets stuck in my head!)  I absolutely love hot cross buns because they’re sweet, but not too sweet.  While it may take a bit of time to finish the process, it’s not particularly hard to make these tasty pastries- we’ll teach you how!

Here’s what you need:

* 1 C. scalded milk
* 1/2 C. butter
* 1/2 C. sugar
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1 cake compressed yeast
* 1 egg, well beaten
* About 4 C. sifted flour
* 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
* 1 C. currants
* 1 egg
* 1 Tbs. water

* Icing:
* 1/2 egg white
* Powdered sugar
* 1 tsp. lemon juice

Directions

1. Pour the scalded milk over the butter, sugar and salt; cool to lukewarm. Add the crumbled yeast and let rest for 5 minutes.

2. Add the egg, flour and cinnamon to make soft dough. Fold in the currants. Let rise in a warm place (80-85 degrees) until double in bulk – about 2 hours.

3. Shape into large buns and place and inch apart on a buttered baking sheet. Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk – about 1 hour.

4. Brush tops of buns with 1 egg slightly beaten with 1 Tbs. water. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

5. Place egg white in a small mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, beat in as much powdered sugar as the egg white will absorb and add 1 tsp. of lemon juice gradually as the mixture thickens. Spread at once, as mixture hardens quickly.

6. When cool, decorate the top of each bun with a cross, using icing.

And that’s it!  Be sure to add hot cross buns to your Easter brunch menu – the holiday won’t be complete without them!

Short on time?  Try making these No-Bake Hot Cross Buns!

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