Loved these! I used all raisins because I didn't want to go through the trouble of finding the orange peel. Like another reviewer said, there is plenty of orange flavor. Only use ONE pan!
Orange Hot Cross Buns
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
You'll need to plan ahead to find or make candied orange peel (see sources at the end of the recipe)—it's worth it.
Yield: Makes 16
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 195
- Calories from fat: 21%
- Protein: 3.9g
- Fat: 4.5g
- Saturated fat: 2.6g
- Carbohydrate: 35g
- Fiber: 1.5g
- Sodium: 152mg
- Cholesterol: 31mg
- 3/4 cup warm (100° to 110°) whole milk
- 4 1/2 teaspoons (2 packages) active dry yeast
- 1 large egg plus 2 tbsp. beaten egg
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Finely shredded zest of 1 large orange
- About 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel*
- 1/4 cup dried currants
- 2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
- 2 teaspoons fresh Meyer lemon juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine milk and yeast; let stand until yeast softens, 5 to 10 minutes. Add whole egg, granulated sugar, butter, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange zest. Beat on medium speed with dough hook until blended.
- 2. Blend in 2 3/4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until dough is smooth and stretchy, 10 to 12 minutes. Add just enough flour (about 1/4 cup) so dough is only slightly tacky. Add orange peel and currants, pick up dough, and mix with your hands to distribute fruit. Return dough to bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/4 hours.
- 3. Punch down dough. With floured hands, shape into 16 smooth rounds. Evenly space rounds in 2 buttered 8- or 9-in. square pans.
- 4. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place until doubled and puffy, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. Brush buns with beaten egg. Bake until deep golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool in pans at least 30 minutes.
- 5. In a small bowl, stir together juices and powdered sugar until smooth. Spoon into a small, heavy-gauge plastic bag, snip a hole in a corner, and squeeze icing onto buns to form large Xs.
- *Buy from gourmet food stores and amazon.com, get the recipe on sunset.com, or substitute orange marmalade: Heat 18 oz. thick-cut marmalade until bubbling, strain well, and substitute 1/4 cup of the syrup for the granulated sugar in step 1 and 1/2 cup orange pieces for the candied orange in step 2; add 1/4 cup extra flour in step 3.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per bun.
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