Thursday, April 14, 2011

1 a penny, 2 a penny Hot Cross Buns

There used to be this show on PBS called "Breaking Bread with Father Dominic".  It was great and I was able to find an Internet archive file of all the recipes from the show.  This is my favorite Easter recipe and one that resulted in the sudden birth of my granddaughter.  (Well, not quite but it sure sounds dramatic.  Her Mom had just eaten these then her water broke)

This is a bread machine dough recipe, which I love.  I usually stir in some finely grated lemon and orange peel because it seems like the right thing to do.  These rolls are dense and fruity.  Perfect with a cup of tea.

                     Hot Cross Buns by Father Dominic
Recipe By     :Father Dominic
Servings : 12   

  1                cup  milk -- plus 1 tablespoon
     1/2           cup  butter or margarine
  2                     eggs
  1 1/4      teaspoons  salt
  4               cups  bread flour (Regular AP flour will make a lighter roll)
     1/2           cup  whole wheat flour
     1/4           cup  granulated sugar
  1           teaspoon  ground cinnamon
     1/4      teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  2          teaspoons  Yeast
     3/4           cup  raisins
                        Vanilla Glaze:
     3/4           cup  confectioners' sugar -- sifted
  2        tablespoons  milk
  1         tablespoon  butter -- softened
     1/4      teaspoon  vanilla extract

Add dough ingredients to bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough/manual cycle.

When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough additional flour to make dough easy to handle. Divide dough into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball.

Place balls on greased baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. With a sharp knife, cut a cross in top of each ball. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven 15 minutes, or until done. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack.

Meanwhile, prepare glaze. Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, butter and vanilla in small bowl; stir
until smooth. Use a pastry brush to apply glaze lightly to buns while they are still warm. Thicken the remaining glaze with more powdered sugar and drizzle across to form the cross.

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