Monday, March 29, 2010

Hot Cross Buns

Here is a traditional British Easter bread for you.  There is quite a history behind Hot Cross Buns.  Apparently, they have been baked since ancient times and served as a spring treat to represent the equal day/night of the Equinox.  The Christians didn't like reminders of any pagan religions  It was Queen Elizabeth I that made a law that these little treats could only be made on religious holidays, thereby "converting" them to an acceptable goodie.  See, if you rotate it, it changes the whole thing!

 The cross on top suddenly represented the cross of the crucifixion and these buns became most popular on Good Friday.

Regardless of their history, they are delicious!

Hot Cross Buns:
3/4 cup evaporated milk, warmed
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 egg
1 egg white
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup currants
3 cups flour
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp water
Put the evaporated milk in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm.  Combine the milk, butter, sugar, salt, yeast in a mixing bowl and let work.  Add the egg and egg white and mix.  Add 1 cup of flour, currants and cinnamon.  Mix in the rest of the flour.  Knead, cover  and let rise until doubled.  Form into 12 buns and place in a greased baking pan.  Keep them far enough away from each other that they won't stick together as they rise.  Cover and let rise 1/2 an hour.  Combine the egg yolk and water.  Brush the buns with the egg mixture and bake 20 minutes at 375 degrees.  Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.  While they are cooling, make the glaze in a bowl.  Combine the butter and powdered sugar with the back of a soup spoon.  Combine the water and vanilla and add slowly to the powdered sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.  It should be thick, but spreadable.  Put it into a sandwich size plastic bag.  Seal and snip one corner.  Pipe the icing onto the buns ONLY after the buns are mostly cooled down (you don't want the icing melting and falling off!)


Belinda said...

These are so precious! Thanks for the recipe!

Allie and Pattie said...

We're planning to make hot cross buns for this Friday. Thanks for the trivia- the kids will love it!
xoxo Pattie

The Dutch Baker's Daughter said...

I made my own Hot Cross Buns for the first time this year. Homemade is the way to go for these...yours look great!

Marly said...

That looks like something fun to take to our family dinner on Sunday. Thanks for the recipe!

Mary said...

These look wonderful. We also make hot cross buns for the holiday. I've never used evaporated milk in mine. I'll have to give it a try. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Brenda said...

I've never tried making these, they look delicious

Megan said...

Thanks for the history and a great recipe!

Michelle said...

Mmmmm yum! We had these after church on Sunday, and it had been awhile. Of course our Brit pastor served them with butter. Not a bad addition ;)

bonnie said...

these look great..I love the added history!


Joanne said...

These are just about the cutest thing ever! I love these little buns.

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