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Orange Hot Cross Buns

 Orange Hot Cross Buns
For a traditional Easter recipe with a twist, try these yummy, sweet yeast buns. Grated orange peel gives them a mild citrus flavor. You’ll end up making them year round.
22 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm orange juice (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm orange juice. Add the
  • butter, sugar, eggs, orange peel, salt, cinnamon, raisins, remaining
  • orange juice and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough
  • remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic,
  • about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

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Orange Hot Cross Buns (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 22
  • pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking
  • sheets. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on the top of each ball.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag, combine glaze
  • ingredients until smooth. Cut a small hole in a corner of bag; pipe
  • a cross on each bun. Yield: 22 buns.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 237 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 106 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.