Thursday 4 April 2013

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hot cross Buns

Hope you all had a great Easter celebration with family and friends! In Kerala traditionally we make IndariAppam on Maundy Thursday and have it for supper. Good Friday we spend 6-7 hours in church and  serve piping hot Kanji and payar at the end of mass.... And on Easter it’s always Appam and Chicken curry for breakfast, followed by a lavish lunch and dinner with non-veg delicacies made with chicken, beef, mutton and pork... Hot Cross buns are not even part of our tradition :)... But since I see a lot of Hot Cross Bun recipes all over the net during this time I too got tempted to try and made a batch of these.... I followed Poineer Women’s recipe and the buns came out super soft and delicious.....  

Hot cross Buns Recipe

Hot Cross Buns
Preparation Time ~2 hrs
Cooking time ~ 20 mints
Serves – 18 -20
2 cups Whole Milk
½ cup vegetable Oil
½ cup Sugar
2 ¼ tsp yeast
4 cups All-purpose Flour
½ cup (additional) Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Salt
2 tsp grated orange zest
¼ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ tsp Cardamom (optional)
¼ tsp Nutmeg (optional)
¼ tsp Allspice (optional)
½ cup Raisins
½ Egg white
Splash of Milk
½ Egg white
7 tbsp Powdered Sugar
Splash of Milk
Recipe For Hot cross Buns

  • Combine 2 cups milk, vegetable oil, and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan. Stir and heat until very warm but not boiling. Turn off the heat and allow to cool until mixture is still warm, about 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle yeast over mixture. Add 4 cups of flour and stir to combine. Mixture will be very sticky. Cover with a towel and set aside for 1 hour.
  • Add the remaining ½ cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest. Stir till combined.
  • Combine ¼ cup sugar with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and allspice.
  • Lightly flour surface. Press to slightly flatten dough. Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Sprinkle on about a third of the raisins. Then fold the dough over on itself and flatten again so the dough is "plain" again. Repeat the sugar/raisin process, then fold the dough again. Repeat a third time until all the raisins are used.
  • Pinch off ping pong or golf ball-size bunches of dough. With floured hands, quickly roll it into a ball, then turn the edges under themselves slightly. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. 
  • For the glaze mix egg white with milk and brush each roll with the glaze.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C and bake the buns for 20 minutes or until tops of buns have turned nice and golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

  • Mix egg white with enough powdered sugar for icing to be very thick. Splash in milk as needed for consistency.
  • Add icing to a small Ziploc bag and snip the corner. Make icing crosses on each roll, making sure they're completely cooled first.
Hot cross Buns

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