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Friday, April 22, 2011

Hot Cross Buns

3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
1/4 cup white sugar
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg white
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup dried currants
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water

4 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cross Glaze
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons milk

1.Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in a mixer, knad for 1 minute.

2.Add currants and spices. Knead for six minutes. Allow to rise to twice it's size. Punch down and allow to rise a second time.

3.Punch down on floured surface, cover, shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 35-40 minutes.

5.Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on balls.

6.Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.

7.Mix glaze and brush on buns while hot.

8.To make crosses: mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and milk. Brush an X on each cooled bun.

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