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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns from Taste Love & Nourish

I wish I could tell you I had memories of hot cross buns with their sweet white icing at every Easter dinner table. I don’t. We stuffed ourselves with so much Armenian Easter bread, that even one of these little rolls may have done us in. It’s a shame, really, because as much as I adore our Armenian bread, these rolls are admittedly wonderful. I just love the warm mixture of spices, like cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom. Their flavor is really like a whisper, but, that moment you take a bite, you’ll wonder…what is that flavor? The dough is only slightly sweet, but you get these wonderful pops of sweetness from the icing and dots of currants.

These sweet little rolls are not difficult to make and once you’ve risen the dough, creating the buns is a task even little hands can handle. And just think, if you let your children help you make these, someday they’ll have wonderful memories of hot cross buns with sweet white icing at every Easter dinner table.

Hot Cross Buns from Taste Love & Nourish

Hot Cross Buns

1 C. milk
2 1/4 t. active dry yeast (or 1 packet)
3 3/4 C. bread flour
1/3 C. + 1 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. allspice
1/4 t. cloves
1/4 t. cardamom
1/4 t. nutmeg
4 T. butter, softened
2 large eggs
zest of one orange
1/2 C. currants, soaked in a small bowl with 1 T. orange juice

Egg Wash
1 large egg yolk
1 t. water (or milk)

Icing
1/3 C. confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 t. milk

In a heat resistant bowl or measuring cup, warm the milk in the microwave for a minute and a half. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the sugar, then sprinkle in the yeast. Give it a light stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes. The mixture should be nice and bubbly after that time.

Combine the flour, sugar, salt and the spices in a large mixing bowl or the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk the dry ingredients to combine. Add the yeast mixture, butter, eggs, orange zest and currants along with any orange juice remaining in the bowl. Mix to combine, using the paddle attachment on a stand mixer. Once combined, switch to the dough hook or place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead by hand. Knead with the dough hook for 4 to 5 minutes or a bit longer by hand. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and keep in a draft free spot to rise for 3 hours.

Place the dough on a very lightly floured surface. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough in half. Roll one half out into a log 12 inches long. Cut the log in half. Continue cutting each piece of the log in half until you have 8 pieces. Take one piece and roll the sides down a bit to form a smooth ball. Pinch the ends under and place the ball on a lightly greased baking sheet, or line with parchment. Continue with the remaining pieces, placing them 2 inches apart on the sheet. Repeat the process with the second half of the dough until 16 pieces have been formed. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and allow to rise again for 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

With a sharp knife, score each bun with a cross pattern.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk with either water or milk to create an egg wash. Brush each bun with the wash. Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes.

Allow to cool completely.

Mix the icing in a small bowl and transfer into a small zipper bag. Snip the very tip of the bag and pipe the icing into a cross pattern onto each bun.

Makes 16 buns.

Hot Cross Buns from Taste Love & Nourish

 

Hot Cross Buns from Taste Love & Nourish

Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl

Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl from Taste Love & Nourish

Years ago, I had the most delicious curry made by my sister’s friend. I was lucky enough to get the recipe, but I keep adapting it in a variety of ways. I’ve made a Roasted Vegetable Curry a while back that is really wonderful. This one, with chicken, is a bit quicker and simpler process from the original and I’ve added some more veggies. The great thing about recipes like this is you can adapt them so easily. Take this recipe and add shrimp instead of chicken or use whatever veggies you have on hand.

Let’s talk curry. I use a Jamaican curry, Blue Mountain Country Curry in this dish, but you can use any curry you have or mix your own. I’m no expert, but I’ve read that the difference between Jamaican curry and Indian curry is the addition of allspice, anise and mustard seed in the Jamaican version. So, let’s say someone in your house says they don’t like curry. Make this for them. Really. My husband has been telling me he doesn’t like curry for over twenty years and once I made this dish for him, he suddenly loves curry!

Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl from Taste Love & Nourish

Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl

Brown Rice (Recipe below)
1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cubed into bite-sized pieces
pinch of Kosher salt
black pepper
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 large red pepper, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 – 3 T. Jamaican curry
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
14 oz. can light coconut milk
1/2 C. golden raisins
1/2 C. frozen peas

In a heavy pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil and butter. As soon as the butter is melted, add the cubes of chicken and give them just a small pinch of salt and a nice amount of black pepper. Sauté just until they lose their pink color. Add the onion, red pepper and carrots. Continue to cook just until the onions begin to get translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a minute then add the curry and cook another minute. Add (are you allowed to start three sentences in a row with the same word?) the tomatoes, coconut milk and raisins. Bring the curry to a light simmer, reduce the heat to low and cover with a heavy lid for 30 minutes. Now add the peas, stir them in and cover. Simmer for just about 5 to 10 more minutes.

Serve over brown rice and with naan or other flatbread, if desired. (see Notes).

Serves 4

Brown Rice
1 C. medium grain brown rice
2 C. water
pinch of sea salt

Combine the rice, water and salt in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about 50 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand covered for about 5 minutes or until ready to serve.

Notes:

  • Naan is a really wonderful Indian flatbread. When serving it with this dish, I like to rub it with the cut side of a garlic clove and brush some olive oil on top. Place the naan in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 2 minutes.
  • I love this curry even better the next day! Sometimes I make it and put it in the fridge for dinner the following night.
  • Jamaican curry has quite a bit of salt, so I only salt sparingly before cooking the chicken and then taste test at the end.
  • I use chicken breast to keep this dish lower in fat, but I have to say, using chicken thighs gives you a more tender result. Use what you like best.

 

Three-Piece Dansk Giveaway!

Dansk Three Piece Cookware Set: Six Quart Casserole, Two Quart Saucepan and Round Baker.

I always reach for my heavy cast iron pots when making dishes like this curry. I love mine! They are an investment, but they perform so beautifully. They retain so much heat, cook evenly and that heavy lid keeps so much moisture in the pot. They last forever too! So, because I love you guys so much…I’ve teamed up with some really amazing blogger friends and would love to give a three piece Dansk set away to you!

 

 

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