TULSA, Oklahoma - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: Hot Cross Buns

Presenter: Becca Foy

Prep Time: 120 minutes

Dough                                     Flour Cross                              Sugar Glaze

½ cup warm water                  1/3 cup all-purpose flour        ¼ cup sugar

2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast   ¼ cup water                            ¼ cup water

¼ cup sugar, granulated        

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup milk

¼ cup butter

2 eggs, beaten

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons cinnamon, ground

1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

1 teaspoon ginger, ground

1 cup raisins

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine water and yeast and set aside.
  2. In a small pot, heat the milk and butter over low heat until butter is melted.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, spices and raisins until spices are combined and raisins are coated.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour mixture with the milk mixture and add the eggs.
  5. Mix the dough until smooth and starts to form a ball.
  6. Remove the dough from the mixer and knead by hand for 5 minutes.
  7. Put the dough ball in a bowl and cover with wrap and let rest for 1 hour.
  8. After resting, divide the dough into 12 small rolls and place on a greased baking pan.
  9. Cover and let rest again for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  11. To make the flour paste, combine the flour and water. Place in a decorating bag and pipe a small cross over the top of the unbaked roll.
  12. Bake the rolls for 18-20 until golden brown. While the rolls are baking, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until simmering and the sugar is dissolved.
  13. When the rolls are finished baking, use a pastry brush to coat the hot rolls.