Hot Cross Buns

Oxmoor House
1 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

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1 cup milk
1 package dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
3 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup raisins
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Preparation

Scald milk; let cool to lukewarm (105° to 115°). Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm milk in a large mixing bowl, stirring well. Let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly.

Add 1 3/4 cups flour, mixing until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

Cream butter; gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg and salt, mixing well. Stir in raisins, yeast mixture, and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and repeat rising procedure 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough into 18 pieces; shape into balls, and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and repeat rising procedure 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow cross on top of each bun. Combine egg and water, stirring well; brush over each bun. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until golden brown; cool on wire racks.

Combine powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk; stir until smooth. Pipe icing into crossshaped indentation on each bun.

Created date

February 2010