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Hot Cross Buns


Hot Cross Buns


So perfectly paired… oranges ripening, Easter & old time traditions 


Nothing makes a kitchen or a cappuccino more delightful 


leaven:

either 2 ¼ tsp conventional yeast

OR ½ cup starter & ¼ tsp yeast

mix with ¼ cup warm water & let rest 15minutes 


add in:

½ cup melted butter

1 cup warm milk

⅓ cup cane sugar

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

4-5 cups bread flour (central milling High Mountain)

  • add flour or milk if too wet/dry… want dough to form soft ball pulling away from edge of bowl after a few minutes 


knead in stand mixer 5min (or by hand 8-10min)

let rest covered in warm place about an hour


in separate bowl:

½ c dried currants (soak in hot water for 10 minutes, drain, mix with spices and orange zest 


1 tsp cinnamon, ⅛ tsp nutmeg, ⅛ tsp ginger

zest of one orange


fold spice/orange/currant mixture into dough after 1 hr (not incorporated fully, just evenly folded into - cinnamon has a negative effect on rise)


let rest 10min

divide dough into roughly 24 pieces

stretch & fold to form balls out of each piece, placing seam side down on baking pan


  • baking pan options… dough can be placed with space on a lined baking sheet for round separate rolls OR in a low-lip pan for slightly touching OR (my favorite) in a glass 9x13 baking dish for pull-apart style rolls 


let rest at room temp for 1.5 hours OR place in fridge overnight and bake next morning


brush each bun with egg wash (1 tablespoon of cream & one egg yolk whisked together)


bake at 350

sheet pan 30 minutes

glass pan pull-apart rolls about 45 minutes


when cool, add a frosting cross to each bun


HCB frosting -

whisk together until smooth:

1 tbs soft butter 

½ tsp vanilla

¼ c powdered sugar

a little cream

fold in:

zest of one orange

2 cups powdered sugar


add one teaspoon of cream at a time until consistency is thick and holds shape but soft enough to pipe


NEED a SOURDOUGH STARTER? Click HERE


Garden Bunny HERE



And just in case you need permission,


go ahead and take the best looking MIDDLE one!


Happy Easter to you 💗


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