Apr 3, 2010

Simple Hot Cross Buns

I got this from Rhonda Cratty on TwitterMom. I thought this was a cute history lesson and recipe. Now this post is not to affend anyone whom is not Christian I just thought since it is a holiday to some I would share this recipe. You could alter the recipe by making it in too a different shape or make regular buns. Dating back to the fourteenth century Hot Cross Buns have been a part of Good Fridays. According to legend, on Good Friday the poor would visit abbey kitchens, where monks would give them a spicy currant bun with iced crosses. These Hot Crossed buns were considered blessed and believed to impart powerful protection.

By the eighteenth century, their popularity had grown and English street vendors would sell them by the bushel on Good Friday. Today hot cross buns are sold in bakeries throughout the season of Lent. This simple recipe can be whipped up for family and served with your favorite tea.

Easy Hot Cross Buns

Not the traditionally made buns, but these are delicious Hot Cross Buns are made in half the time.

Rhodes Dinner rolls
1 beaten egg
2/3 cups of currants
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons milk

Coat large muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray

Place two frozen dough balls in each tin sprinkle in currants and cinnamon

Preheat oven to 200 then TURN OFF OVEN.

Boil Water in tea pot and pour in shallow pan, place pan on lower rack.

Place rolls in oven 1 hour or until double in size.

Remove pan of water.

Cut a deep cross into the top of each bun with a sharp knife

Brush with beaten egg

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes

To make a glaze, dissolve 4 teaspoons granulated sugar in 6 tablespoons of milk and boil for 2 minutes. Brush warm buns twice with this syrup to glaze.

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