Monday, March 24, 2008

hot cross buns

Man, I had no idea that this was a real food - I just thought that it was a song invented to teach kids how to play their instruments in 7th grade band. By the looks of this recipe from Everybody Loves Sandwiches, I'm very glad that it's a food.

Hot Cross Buns

1 c warm water (not too hot)
1 pkg. active dry yeast
2 T sugar
2 1/4 c flour
1 t salt
1 1/2 t cinnamon
2 pinches nutmeg
1 egg
2 T butter, softened
1/2 c raisins
zest from 1 orange

2 heaping T icing sugar (powdered sugar)
a drop or two of milk
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t cinnamon

1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast into water and stir in sugar. Wait until the yeast doubles in volume (this is called proofing the yeast - if it doesn't, you've got bum yeast. Try again with another packet). Stir in half of the flour, salt and spices. Add in egg and butter and mix well. Add in rest of the flour along with the raisins and zest and beat until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and cover the bowl with a cloth, letting rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

2. Oil up a large muffin tin and set aside. Stir down the batter and spoon dough into prepared muffin cups filling half full. Cover tin with cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, another 30 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes or so until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

3. Prepare frosting by mixing together icing sugar with a few drops of milk and vanilla. Stir in cinnamon, adding another droplet of milk if necessary to get a smooth, creamy consistency. When buns have cooled, use a spoon to drizzle icing over the buns forming a cross. Place on a plate to catch any drippings.


ltyler said...

oh baby! That is awesome. We should have a party with the recipes from your blog sometime this summer. I know it was Jeff's idea but I can't wait that long. We could split up the cost of it and then make it in your apartment where the kids won't be buzzing around asking for some. Doesn't that sound like so much fun?! Can we do that?

ltyler said...

haha, and this comment is for the title of the other blogs that you're reading. "that i know and that i like and that i love." you're so awesome! that just made my day, I love your blog.