Friday, April 11, 2014

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns
This is my tried and true recipe which I used for many years.  I still have and use my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook I bought as a new bride.
1 pkg. yeast
1/4 cup water
1 cup milk, scalded
2 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 well beaten egg
3 1/2 cups sifted enriched flour
2/3 cup currants
Proof yeast in warm water (110 F^) with a pinch of sugar. 
Combine milk, shortening, sugar, cinnamon, salt; cool to lukewarm.  Add softened yeast, egg.
Gradually stir in flour and currants to form soft dough.  Beat vigorously; cover and let rise in warm place (82 F^) till double in bulk, about 2 hours.
Form in buns and flatten slightly.  Brush top with slightly beaten egg white or milk.  Let rise till very light.
Using a scissors, snip top of buns at right angles to form a cross.  Bake in moderate oven, (375 F^) 25 to 30 minutes.
While hot, frost lightly with confectioners icing.  Cool, then make cross with more icing. 
Yield 18 buns.

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