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Hot Cross Buns

Yield 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (100° to 110°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Sugar Glaze

How to Make It

  1. Combine yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add warm milk and next 5 ingredients. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.

  2. Combine flour and cinnamon, and gradually add to yeast mixture, beating at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in raisins.

  3. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

  4. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

  5. Punch dough down; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes.

  6. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch round cutter.

  7. Place on a lightly greased 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

  8. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let rolls cool 10 minutes. Pipe Sugar Glaze over rolls in an "X" shape.