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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

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

Some of the best healthy apple recipes from your favorite food bloggers!

Every year we go apple picking as a family at least once. We are so lucky to live within minutes of one of the prettiest orchards around. Even the drive there is beautiful. It instantly puts me in a good mood. This year, we’ve gone twice already and I’m pretty much thinking we may go every weekend through the fall. The apples are so incredibly good this time of year and with new varieties peaking every weekend, how could we not?

OK. So, it’s not just the apples…

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

I’ve got a thing for hayrides. I feel like a child as soon as I see the tractor making its way down the path. Once we start moving and the wind is in my hair, you couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face if you tried. I think I tell the driver the same thing every time, “I could do this all day!” I’m sure he thinks I’m a bit of a whack-a-doo, but he’s always got a huge smile on his face too (hmmmm…maybe there is something to that hayride after all).

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

When it’s all done, we head back to the car with bags full of apples, apple cider, apple butter and cider donuts. So, with all of those apples, it’s fun to experiment with different recipes. I’ve got some of my favorites, but I’m always looking for more inspiration. Lucky me, I’ve got some of the most talented blogger friends willing to share their recipes with me…and YOU!

So, get out there and enjoy the cool crisp fall. Go on a hayride (or two), pick some apples and come home and bake up something that puts a smile on your face!

 

Salads and Savory

Shaved Broccoli Salad

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Crisp Apple Slices

 
Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad from Taste Love & Nourish
Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Quinoa, Apple and Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette from Savory Simple
Fall Garden Salad with Apples and Walnuts from Healthy Green Kitchen
Pardina Lentil Green Apple and Kale Salad from An Edible Mosaic
Deb’s Kale Salad with Apple Cranberries and Pecans from Cookie and Kate
Apple, Leek and Gruyere Grilled Cheese from Joanne Eats Well With Others

 

Sweet Things

Baked Cider Donuts

Baked Cider Donuts

 
Apple Butter Danish Ring with Apple Spice Glaze from Taste Love & Nourish
Nut & Berry Stuffed Baked Apples from Will Cook For Smiles
Raw Caramel Apple Cobbler from Spabetti
Apple Pie Inspired Oatmeal from Cookistry
Gluten-Free Jewish Apple Cake from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Baked Apple Rice Pudding from Ricki Heller
Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce from Snappy Gourmet
Apple Oat Bars from Diethood
Applesauce Nut Bread from Skinny Taste

 
 

Smoothies and Snacks

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Green Smoothie from Taste Love & Nourish
Baked Apple and Banana Chips from Taste Love & Nourish
Maple Apple Crunchy Superfood Granola from Taste Love & Nourish
Slow Cooker Applesauce from Poet in the Pantry
Apple Spice Hummus from Recipe Girl
Fresh Apple Salsa from Cooking Light

 
 

25 Healthy Apple Recipes