Do you enjoy eating Irish style food as much as I do on Saint Patrick’s Day. Even if you are not Irish it is fun to join up in the d food.  Really these doughy raisin studded buns are traditionally eaten on Lent but why not enjoy them at other times such as Saint Patrick’s Day . The original versions had only a knife cut cross on top but now are made many differnt ways. This recipe uses icing to make the cross on top which is different that the orginal recipes but I like them a little sweeter. I enjoy making my bread in a bread maker on dough menu bit. you can make these without one by using the Without a bread maker instructions below if you prefer. 

Hot Cross Buns

For 1 lb bread machine:
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 eggs
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/3 tsp salt
2/3 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tsp yeast
1/2 cup raisins

For 2 lb bread machine:
1 cup milk
2 1/2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
5 tbsp sugar
2/3 tsp salt
1 1/3 tsp cinnamon
4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 cup raisins

Place ingredients in bread machine in order manufacturer suggests. Mix using bread machine dough cycle.

About 5 minutes prior to the end of the dough cycle add raisins (or at 1st beep, if your machine does that), or knead them in by hand at the completion of the dough cycle. After a short kneading, let the dough rest for 10 minutes. You can make them without a machine by mixing ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Add raisins and mix in. Knead the dough until

Cut dough into the desired number of pieces (8 for a small, 16 for large), shape each one into a ball and place in a greased baking dish. Cover and let rise about 35
minutes or until double in bulk.

Brush with a mixture of egg yolk and 2 Tbsp water. Bake at 350-degrees for 20-25 minutes.

After buns are completely cooled, drizzle in the shape of a cross a mixture of:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp milk
Making without a Bread maker. 

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