If you’re blessed to have a bread machine,making these traditional Easter sweet buns is a breeze.
Recipe: Bread Machine HotCross Buns
Buns: 2 large eggs 1/2 cup butter, softened 4 cups bread flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine or quick active dry yeast 1 cup raisinsEgg Wash: 1 large egg 2 tablespoons cold water Icing: 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon milk or water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, if desired
For Buns: Break 2 eggs into 2-cup measuringcup. Add enough water to measure 1 1/3 cups. Place egg mixtureand remaining bun ingredients, except raisins, in bread machinepan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Add raisinsat the Dried Fruit/Nut signal or 5 to 10 minutes before lastkneading cycle ends.
Select Dough/Manual cycle. Do not usedelay cycle.
Remove dough from pan. Cover and let rest10 minutes on lightly floured surface.
Grease a baking sheet or two 9-inch roundcake pans. Divide dough in half. Divide each half into 8 equalpieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place about 2 inchesapart on baking sheet or 1 inch apart in pans. Snip a cross shapein top of each ball, using scissors. Cover and let rise in warmplace about 40 minutes or until double.
Heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
For Egg Wash: beat egg and cold waterslightly; brush over tops of buns. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or untilgolden brown. Remove from cookie sheet or pans to cooling rack.Cool slightly.
For Icing: In small bowl, mix all icingingredients until well blended, adding more milk, if needed,1 teaspoon at a time, until of spreading consistency.
Make a cross on top of each bun with theicing. Serve warm.
Makes 16 buns.
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