Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time: 
30 minutes
Cook Time: 
20 minutes
Yield: 
18 servings
By: Dolores Skrout
"With their tender texture and pretty frosted crosses, these Easter buns are both tasty and attractive. Dolores Skrout of Summerhill, Pennsylvania adds a little orange juice to the frosting for a delicate citrusy flavor."

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup butter or stick margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • ICING:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs;beat until smooth. Stir in raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 18 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place in two 9-in. round baking pans coated with nonstick cooking spray. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each roll. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over buns. Bake at 375 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; pipe crosses onto rolls.
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