Currant Hot Cross Buns
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Recipe Type: Baking, Bread
Serves: 18 buns
 
Filled buns with currants and cinnamon, topped with icing in the shape of a cross for a delicious, traditional Easter treat that is enjoyed around the world
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup skim milk, warmed
  • ½ cup water, warmed
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 2 whole eggs, room temperature
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • ¾ cup dried currants
Icing
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour, 1 cup of all purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and yeast in a large bowl and beat together.
  2. Add in the warm milk, water, honey, and oil and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the eggs, egg whites and the rest of the whole wheat and all purpose flour.
  4. Continue to beat on medium speed for another 2 minutes or until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add in the currants and beat just until combined.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes soft.
  7. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl.
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes, punch down the dough and form it into 18 even sized balls.
  10. Place the balls of dough on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silpat mats.
  11. Cover the baking sheets with plastic wrap and let the balls of dough rise a second time until they have doubled in size, about another 30 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and brush the tops of the balls of dough with an egg wash.
  13. Bake the buns for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  14. Cool the buns on a wire cooling rack.
  15. In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the icing until they are smooth.
  16. Pipe the icing on top of the cooled buns forming a cross using a pastry bag and small tip or by filling a sandwich bag with the icing and cutting the corner of the bag off.
Notes
The buns are best when eaten the day they are made.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at http://honestcooking.com/currant-hot-cross-buns/