Monday, August 6, 2012

Hot Cross Buns

So last night I went and made a list of all the things I want to try making home made. So I decided that Hot Cross Buns would be the first thing. And after one forgetful batch (forgot to add the eggs.. duh) I finally got it right and very much a success :) Yummy!!!

Hot Cross Buns
·         1 ½ cups all purpose flour 
·         1 package active dry yeast
·         1 tsp ground cinnamon

Heat and stir:
·         ¾ cup milk
·         ½ cup cooking oil
·         1/3 cup sugar
·         ½ tsp salt
Till warm. Add this to flour mixture along with 3 eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a spoon, stir in 2 to 2 ¾ cups of all purpose flour as you can. Turn out onto a floured surface. 

Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). 

Shape into a ball in a greased bowl. Turn once. Cover. Let rise till double size (1 ½ hours)
Punch down. Turn out onto floured surface. Cover. Let rest 10 minutes. Divide into 20 portions. Shape into smooth balls. Place 1 ½ inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover. Let rise til nearly double (30 to 40 minutes). Make a criss cross slash across each. Brush with 1 slightly beaten egg white. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. Drizzle buns with powdered sugar icing. Serve warm. Makes 20.

Powdered sugar icing.
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
¼ tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk
Mix sugar, vanilla and milk. Stir in 1 tsp of milk at a time until of drizzling consistency.

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