Hot Cross buns have long been a symbol of Good Friday. Today they are sold in bake shops and supermarket bakeries throughout the Easter season. Each bun has an icing cross on top to signify the crucifixion.
Bread Machine: Place all dough ingredients except raisins and fruit in bread machine. Set on dough only cycle. Add the raisins and candied fruit at the signal for adding extra ingredients. Remove dough from bread machine at end of dough cycle. Place in a bowl, cover with a cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Without A Bread Machine
Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and other spices. Separately, combine milk and water; heat to Combine dry ingredients mixture, liquid ingredients, and butter in a large bowl. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes at medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 more minute. Stir in raisins, fruit, and enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead dough on a floured surface for about 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic, using additional flour if necessary. Place in lightly greased bowl; turn over to grease the other side. Cover and let rise. After 15 minutes, check dough to see if it has risen sufficiently and is ready to be shaped. Gently stick two fingers in the risen dough up to the second knuckle and take them out. If the indentations remain, the dough is "ripe" and ready.
Divide dough into 12 pieces. Shape pieces into balls and place them 3 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place until almost doubled, about 45 minutes to an hour. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes, or until light brown on top. Remove from oven. Place baking sheet on a wire rack to cool. Prepare the glaze and spread over warm buns. Let buns cool completely on baking sheet. Fill a cake decorating bag, fitted with a round tip, with icing. Pipe an icing cross on each bun or simply spoon and spread icing on each one in the shape of a cross.
Can anybody help me with a good old fashioned recipe for Hot Cross Buns. The ones with plenty of spice and fruit like we used to get.
By Lorimay from Perth, Western Australia
Does anyone have a recipe for hot cross buns that I can make for a diabetic? All recipes I found use sugars and I would really like to surprise a friend who was recently diagnosed. Hot cross buns are her favorite, so I need a revised recipe. Thanks.
By Dot from RI
I to am careful about sugar. I have made yeast rolls using splenda and half white whole wheat flour and half white flour, but the best thing to do is go to a diabetic site so you can get the carb count. It is not just sugar but also carbs that count, Some people use almond flour to lower carb count too. Just remember it is the love that you put in it that counts.