Maple & Cranberry Hot Cross Buns
5 teaspoons yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter - melted and cooled to warm
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup plumped dried sour cherries
1/2 cup plumped dried cranberries
1 tablespoon orange zest, finely minced
2 cups confectioner's sugar
Orange juice as required
Water as required
In a large bowl or bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, hand
whisk together the yeast and water and let stand 2 minutes. Stir in the milk,
butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to dissolve. Whisk in eggs. Add
most of white flour, whole wheat flour, spices , and orange zest and mix by hand
to make a soft dough. When dough can no longer be mixed by hand, begin kneading
(5 to 7 minutes by hand or using a dough hook on an electric mixer), dusting in
more all-purpose flour if needed. Let dough rest for 15 minutes. Knead in dried
cranberries and cherries. Shape dough into a ball and let rest, covered with a
tea towel for about 20 minutes.
Divide into 12 pieces and shape into balls. You may also roll dough out and cut
into 3-inch rounds (about 1/2 inch thick).
Place buns on a lightly-greased baking sheet about one inch apart. Using floured
scissors, snip a cross on the top of each bun (about 1/2 inch deep). Paint with
egg wash. Let rest for about 25 minutes or until buns look puffy and light.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place buns in oven and reduce heat to 350 F. Bake
for 17-20 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and
transfer to a rack. When cool, apply fondant.
Fondant: In one small bowl, mix orange juice and 1 1/2 cup of confectioner's
sugar to make a spreadable glaze.
In a second bowl, mix 1/2 cup of confectioner's with water to make a white
glaze. Smear each bun with orange glaze. Allow to set, then drizzle on some
white glaze. Allow to set.
Makes 12 buns.