Hot Cross Buns

13 Apr

Yes. This post is almost a week too late. I’ve been freaking busy! I don’t really do Easter (Jesus as a walking zombie is a ridiculous idea, don’t you think?), but I do love the sweets and the baking involved…

This recipe was not easy, nor does it use few ingredients, but it was delicious. We had leftovers every morning this week! This recipe made 12 buns.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c raisins
  • juice of one orange
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2  c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • zest of the orange you just juiced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 tsp yeastt
  • 1/2 c warm skim milk
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 large egg white
  • Glaze: 1/2 c powdered sugar, 1 tbsp milk, 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Soak raisins in orange juice in a small bowl; let stand 10 minutes.  Drain fruit in a colander over a bowl, reserving fruit and juice.  Meanwhile, sprinkle yeast over 1/4 cup of warm water and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  •  Combine flours, salt, zests, spices and yeast together in a stand mixer with the dough hook attached (whisk to combine).  Whisk together orange juice, milk, honey, butter and eggs in a separate bowl.
  • With the stand mixer on low, add in milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix at medium-low speed until combined (6 min).  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and add raisins.
  •  Knead dough for a few minutes until elastic. Add a little bit of flour if needed, to prevent sticking.  Place dough in a large bowl coated with Pam, cover and let rise for ~1 hour.
  • Punch dough down, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.  Then, divide dough into 12 equal portions (halve, halve again, and then third).
  • Place rolls in muffin cups coated with cooking spray.  Cover and let rise for 1 hour in the muffin tins.
  • Preheat 350.  Whisk together 1 tablespoon water and egg white.  Gently brush rolls with egg white mixture.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, rotating pans once during baking.
  • While the buns are baking, prepare the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 tsp. lemon juice.  Microwave on high 15 seconds.
  • Remove buns from pans and cool on a wire rack. Spoon glaze on top of buns when ready!
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