One a penny, two a penny,
Every year for as long as I can remember, my mother has made hot cross buns during Lent, just before Easter. Her recipe was clipped from a newspaper long before I was around, and passed to me neatly typed on a recipe card. I’ve tried making them. Just look at that recipe card.
It’s splotched and stained from years of trying – my mother’s hot cross buns were tender and light, with bits of dried fruit and a hint of cinnamon spread through. My clumsy attempts usually led to beige colored lumps that were either hard as a rock or still gooey in the center.
I decided to try again. One more time. At 95, my mother doesn’t see too well, so accurate measuring is difficult for her. It’s my turn to be the hot cross bun maker, I think.
So, today I measured and stirred up this recipe. I am going to give you the recipe exactly as I have it, and then I’ll tell you how I changed it just a bit:
HOT CROSS BUNS
2 cups milk, scalded (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup water)
2 pkg. dry yeast, dissolved in 1/3-cup warm water
8 cups flour
½ tsp. salt
2 cups raisins, currants, or 1 cup candied fruit
½ tsp. cinnamon
I used half milk and half water, heated it in the microwave until steaming. I used 2/3-cup coconut oil and 1/3-cup butter. (No oleo.) I reserved about 2 tsp. of the sugar to dissolve with the yeast in the 1/3-cup warm water.
2. Add dissolved yeast and egg. Beat well.
3. Add salt and flour gradually, reserving small amount to dust fruit.
I mixed the cinnamon right in with the flour I used to coat the fruit. All I had on hand today were raisins, but my favorite fruit to use is dried currants.
5. Knead well.
6. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double in bulk. (Cover).
This took about an hour and a half.
- Bake in a preheated 370° oven for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350° and continue baking 10-15 minutes more.
- Cool and frost with the shape of the cross with confectioner sugar frosting.
Makes 30 buns. Actually, it made 32!
When the buns were still hot, but not yet “crossed”, I delivered the small pan to my mother. I needed to see if they met her approval. My dad ate three, and then said, “Well, they seem okay, but I think you need more practice.” And my mother said, “Oh! That’s what you always told me! They’re just perfect! So light and tender, with just a hint of cinnamon!”
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons;
One a penny, two a penny,
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