These look hard, but they aren't, so give them a try, they are definitely delish. Share some with a friend, I hear that is good luck for your friendship!
I wrote this in the order of how I made it. All ingredients are in bold purple. Go for it! Get your Hot Cross Buns on!
1/2 cup milk, heated to approx. 110-112 degrees F
1/2 cup flour
1 packet active dry yeast
Mix flour and yeast into heated milk. Let sit for 10 minutes until it becomes slightly foamy.
In a large mixing/stand mixer bowl combine:
1 2/3 all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup butter that has been cubed and then brought to room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg (egg wash)
Mix all ingredients, except yeast mixture, with a paddle attachment or hand mixer until combined. When it is mixed, add in yeast mixture and egg and continue to mix until you get a dough. Using your dough hook or hands, knead for 2 minutes, until a smooth ball of dough is achieved. (did I just really use the word "achieved" in a recipe? YUCK!)
Butter a large bowl and place dough inside, flipping it a couple of times to coat the entire ball of dough. Cover and let sit in a warm place approx. 1-1 1/2 hours until it is doubled in size.
Remove dough on to your counter and divide into 12 equal parts. I rolled it into a log to do this, it just made it easier. Roll each of your 12 pieces into a ball and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Using scissors or a knife, cut a cross into the top of each one. Cover with a towel and let raise another 30-45 minutes. Beat one egg with a splash of water and brush over the tops and sides of the rolls. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. WHILE THAT IS HAPPENING....
In a teeny weeny saucepan heat together
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. water
Bring to a bubble and set aside.
When the roll are done, IMMEDIATELY use a pastry brush and dab all of the tops with the simple syrup mixture. Let cool 15 minutes before icing!
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1-3 tsp milk
Mix this together until you get a thick icing that you can easily pipe onto the buns! I used a small tip in my pastry bag but you could use a simple Ziploc as well to pipe a cross on top.
I hope you enjoy these NON-traditional hot cross buns, and make them for your Easter dinner!