Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hot Cross Buns

I'm such a thief, I just saw this recipe and want to remember it for Good Friday (and maybe sooner) so I'm putting it here.

Hot Cross Buns - 60 min Dinner Roll variation

Mix together the following; set aside until bubbly and active about 10 minutes.

1 cup flour
1 tsp sugar
3 tablespoons yeast (I believe that is 4 packets)
1 cup warm water

Mix the following--

2 cups milk, scalded (I microwave the milk until really hot then dump it in with the butter straight from the fridge and this melts the butter as it cools the milk)
1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick)
2 eggs sl beaten
2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1T cardamom
1 t nutmeg
1t allspice

Add the yeast mixture and milk mixture together. Stir in between 8-10 cups flour, one cup at a time until dough leaves the side of the bowl. Scrape out bowl and oil the sides. Knead dough until smooth and elastic and no longer sticky. Do not overhandle, soft dough=soft rolls. Place in oiled bowl, turn oiled side up. Cover and set to rise, 10-20 minutes or until doubled.

Punch dough down, shape into rolls. (Either simple round or roll out and cut into wedge shaped pcs and roll for crescent rolls, etc) If an egg-sized pc of dough is used this recipe will yield approximately two and a half dozen rolls. Place on greased pan/cookie sheet and set to rise 10-15 minutes. Brush on beaten egg wash if desired, bake in preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown.

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