Saturday, March 22, 2008

Weekend Bread Baking

Happy Easter!
Hot Cross Buns*****
(for Bread Machine)

3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, plus 1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup mix raisins and dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon orange zest

Egg wash:
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons milk

Dough: Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, sugar, salt, egg, flours, vanilla, and yeast in bread maker. Add dried fruit, spices, and zest and start on dough program.

Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.

Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9-in round pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 30 minutes. Snip an “+” on each top.

Egg wash: Whisk egg and water. Brush on dough tops.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.

Glaze: Mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and milk. Transfer to the corner of a baggie, snip the tip, and retrace; squeezing the glaze over the “+” on each cooled bun.

1 comment:

Sara M. said...

Very pretty! They look delicious!