These are delicious rolls, especially with a little butter melted inside. 🙂 For as long as I can remember, my family has made these every year near Easter time. While we would sit down together at the table to enjoy these tasty delights, my mom and dad would explain the symbolic meaning of the ingredients in the bun: The raisins represent, the nail piercing of Jesus hands and feet, the cross represents His crucifixion, the spices in the bun represent the spices that Jesus’ body was wrapped in after his death on the cross. And lastly, the raised bread represents Jesus’ raising from the dead on the third day. What an incredible sacrifice He made for us, how great and big is our God!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16
“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.”
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
Hot Cross Buns
- 1 1/4 cup lukewarm, milk
- 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
- 3 1/2-4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 TBSP. brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 2 eggs
- 3 TBSP. unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces.
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sugar heated to bubbling, for glaze
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 1-2 TBSP. milk
Pour the milk into a small bowl and whisk in the yeast and 1/2 cup of the flour. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes. In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine 3 cups of the flour, the salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Stir in the yeast mixture. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the butter.
Knead by hand or with a dough hook, adding flour as necessary. Knead by hand until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes; knead by hook until dough is not sticky and pulls cleanly from the bowl sides, 6-7 minutes. The dough will be soft.Form the dough into a ball and place in a clean, greased bowl, turning to grease all sides. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1 1/2- 2 hours.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and press flat. Scatter with raisins over the dough. Fold in half, then knead to distribute the fruits. Dust lightly with flour and let rest for 10 minutes.
Grease and flour a baking sheet. On the work surface, roll the dough into a log 9 inches long. Cut into 18 equal pieces. Knead each piece into a ball. Arrange the balls, well spaced, on the prepared sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.
Place a shallow pan of boiling water on the floor. Using a sharp knife, slash a cross 1/2 inch deep on each bun. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Transfer the buns to a wire rack and immediately brush with the hot glaze. Let cool and then drizzle the frosting in a cross on each bun. Serve slightly warm.
Yield: 18 buns
*picture from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/hot_cross_buns/