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Hot Cross Buns with Citrus Icing

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

With their tender texture and pretty frosted crosses, these Easter buns are both tasty and attractive. Dolores Skrout of Summerhill, Pennsylvania adds a little orange juice to the frosting for a delicate citrusy flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • ICING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 18 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place in two 9-in. round baking pans coated with cooking spray. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each roll. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over buns. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; pipe crosses onto rolls.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 207 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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