Sunday, March 24, 2013

Strawberry Hot Cross Buns

In your Easter Bonnet...
With all the frills upon it...
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade....

Just love that song, don't you?

One of my favorite Holidays is coming. Easter time is here!
I love bunnies, I love spring, I love chocolate bunnies...!
Everything about Easter reminds me of my childhood. Waiting patiently for the Easter egg hunt. Hunting eggs over and over all day long. Getting a new Easter dress, with shiny shoes. Coloring eggs, and oh the feast! My mom would make a roasted turkey with all the fixing for a wonderful spring meal!

Last year MGG and I celebrated Easter at the LA Arboretum. A beautiful garden full of native CA flowers and trees, and plants, also the home of the famous house from Fantasy Island, and the highlight is the live peacock's that are walking around.

This year we decided to stay home, enjoy the nice spring weather, and to cook our Easter feast! What will you do this Easter?

I'm planning my menu now. You can check out some of my ideas on Pinterest under "Easter". I just LOVE Pinterest...although I dare say it's addicting. (New goal - Cook items collected on Pinterest! One per month!) I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, that it can get away from you. 

 Isn't he just fabulous?!!!

So to get you in the mood for Easter, or just spring in general I've made a wonderful dish for you today.

Strawberry Hot Cross Buns!  Typically served on Good Friday.  These wonderful buns are nicely sweet and studded with strawberries.  A nice twist on the original recipe.  

 A lot of people will bake a pastry strip into the buns for the cross, but I prefer to just pipe a cross on  the buns with a sweet sugar glaze made from mixing confectioners sugar (powdered or icing sugar) with a  little milk. (See what a mess I made with my thumb on the icing above?  oh well, they're rustic!)  These are a yeast bread, so make sure to have the time needed to make these.  You won't be disappointed!

Kitchen Tip:  These are perfect to make in your Bread Machine!  Just make sure to use the dough only setting.

Strawberry Hot Cross Buns

Make 12 buns

1 cup milk                                       
1 package active dry yeast           
1/2 t sugar                       
3 1/2 c flour       
1/4 c light brown sugar                     
1 t cinnamon                                

1/2 t salt                                         
5 T unsalted butter, melted         
1 large egg, lightly beaten                          
2/3 c dried strawberries                     


1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 T milk              

In a small saucepan heat the milk until lukewarm over low heat. Add the yeast and 1/2 t sugar, stirring to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes until foamy.

In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and beat until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the melted butter and egg and beat until incorporated. Fold in the dried fruit and knead the dough until it is silky smooth and elastic. Add more flour if necessary.

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning the dough once, so the top is lightly greased. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise until it has almost doubled in size, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

After the dough has doubled, gently punch it down and divide in into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a small ball and place on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment. Leave space between the buns as they will need to rise again. Make an egg was with a beaten egg and milk, brush the tops of the buns with the wash. Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray and place over the buns. Place in a warm spot and allow to rise about 60 minutes more.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the top of the buns again with the egg wash. Place in the over and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool Before glazing.

To make the glaze, combine the confectioners sugar and milk in a small bowl. Once the buns have completely cooled pipe or drizzle the glaze across the buns horizontally and vertically to form a cross. Allow to set before serving.

1 comment:

  1. I want to make these, this week! Need to get a few ingredients, I am wondering if I will use raisins in case I can't find dried strawberries. xo



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