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April 3, 2010

Hot Cross Buns

These are seriously easy peasy.

Remember the Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Buns?

The recipe for the dough is exactly the same!  You don’t even need to knead the dough, just mix it all up, let it rise and you’re good to go!

Hot Cross Buns recipe from the Pioneer Woman Cooks

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Heaping 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon*
  • ground nutmeg*
  • allspice*
  • cardamom*
  • currants
  • 1 egg
  • splash of milk
  • icing sugar
  • *I chose to use a “fruit crumble” spice blend from Epicure Selections but go ahead and use whatever you’ve got kickin around.

    Warm up the milk, sugar and oil.

    Make sure the mixture is cooled to lukewarm and then add the yeast and 4 cups of flour.  Mix it together until it’s a shaggy looking mass and cover to let rise for about an hour.  

    After 1 hour, add the remaining ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.) and mix it together until everything is well combined.

    Mix the sugar with the spices and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    Flatten the dough out into a rectangle and sprinkle with the sugar and spices and a handful of currants.

    Fold the dough in half and repeat. 

    Do this 3 times.

    Divide the dough into 18 portions (this makes very large buns, you could easily do 24 nice size buns) and for them into rolls

    Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment (or well greased) and let rise for 30-60 minutes.

    Beat the egg with a splash of milk and brush on top of the rolls.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are beautiful golden brown.

    Let the buns cool completely before mixing up some icing sugar and milk.  Put the glaze into a ziplock bag and snip the edge.  Pipe a cross over each cooled bun.  

    YUM!

    Happy Easter!

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    4 Comments leave one →
    1. April 3, 2010 6:17 pm

      Happy Easter to you and yours Katie.
      This looks like a wonderful recipe for Hot Cross Buns…I see you use Epicure Selections as well.I love their products (used to sell them ) and use them all the time.
      Hope you have survived the storm…wasn’t it something?
      Cheers:)
      Debbie

      • betchacanteatjustone permalink*
        April 7, 2010 3:20 am

        Thanks Debbie! Holy was it ever a crazy storm! We never lost our power but there were sure a lot of trees down. My husband went up snowmobiling on Mt Arrowsmith so I spent a lot of Friday afternoon worrying about him (he was 100% fine and had the time of his life)

        I love the epicure products!! If I didn’t know so many people that sold it I’d sell it too!

    2. April 7, 2010 3:02 am

      love that cute egg! 🙂

      Blessings-
      Amanda

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