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Grandma's Favorite Hot Cross Buns

 Grandma's Favorite Hot Cross Buns
My husband's Grandma used to make these every year for Good Friday, and I carry on the tradition with my own version of her recipe. I make 6 dozen every year, and they all disappear. —Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky
72 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 4 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 13 to 15 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2-2/3 cups raisins
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • ICING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a very large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add oil, eggs, egg
  • yolks, sugar, cinnamon, salt, cardamom, yeast mixture and 10 cups
  • flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a
  • firm dough. Stir in raisins.

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Grandma's Favorite Hot Cross Buns (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4
  • hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let
  • rest 10 minutes. Divide into 72 pieces; shape each into a ball.
  • Place 2 in. apart in four greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Cover and
  • let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Combine egg whites and water; brush over
  • tops. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to
  • wire racks to cool. For icing, combine confectioners' sugar, butter
  • and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Pipe a cross on top
  • of each bun. Yield: 6 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bun equals 219 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.