On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I'll be making Hot Cross Buns. Since I've never posted a recipe for them before Easter, you've never been able to join me in my indulgence. There's no excuse this year! And, actually, these are a relatively low calorie treat, so why not try them?
I've found through the years that regardless of how many Hot Cross Buns you plan to make, the best way to do it is to make one batch the size of this recipe at a time; that way, the next batch is mixing while you form your cute little dough balls. I've tried doubling it to save mixing time, but it's too hard for my brain to process splitting the dough so many times.
HOT CROSS BUNS
1 cup warm milk (around 100F)
2-1/2 tsp yeast
4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
5 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
Put the milk in the bread machine mixing container, or in a mixing bowl, and sprinkle the yeast over it. Add the other ingredients in the order given, reserving the raisins until after all of the ingredients are well combined, and the dough is forming a nice, stiff ball. Turn the bread machine on to mix only for 15 minutes, or mix in the Kitchenaid stand mixer (stirring the ingredients together by hand will be hard, since this is stiff dough). 5 minutes before the mixing is done, pour in the raisins. Let the dough stand for 5 to 10 minutes, then divide into 16 pieces. Form each one into a ball, and let rise until nearly doubled in size. Brush with 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tbsp water, and let the dough rise a few minutes longer. Bake at 375F for 22 to 25 minutes, until the desired degree of brown is reached.
To make these in advance, make the dough, form into balls, brush with the egg yolk, then cover with oiled waxed paper and plastic wrap. Place the baking trays in the refrigerator overnight, and remove from the refrigerator while the oven preheats. Bake at 375F for 22 to 25 minutes, and let the buns cool somewhat before putting the frosting cross over them.
The plan now is for probably 5 or 6 batches of these. With one daughter home for Spring Break, another coming for Easter weekend, and one son coming for Easter weekend, they'll each need some to take back to college - probably a dozen each, allowing for roommate consumption. And we'll probably see gobbling of about 2 dozen each day of the weekend, so that's a lot of baking.