The Hot Cross Buns are typical buns with raisins that are prepared in the Easter period England. These fluffy rolls, flavored by the mix of spices cinnamon-nutmeg, and enriched dall'uvetta, are expected by British children as Easter symbol. To strengthen the Easter symbolism of these rolls is the decorative cross is engraved on each of them, sometimes embellished with a decorative frosting, which is slid along the cross.
In England it is usual to prepare these buns on Good Friday, preferably with assistance from their children, who while waiting for leavening phase tell poems and nursery rhymes. The oldest, as well as the better known is this:
Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns, If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns, But if you have none of these little elves Then you may eat them all yourselves !!!
Legends related to the most ancient traditions of hot cross buns tell that these sandwiches, after baking, were hung from the ceiling by a wire, a sign of good luck. And even if the tradition is respected preparing these buns on Good Friday, the sandwiches do not become moldy and can be hung throughout the year, only to be "donated" to each new guest house.
Experience for yourself this year to take a dip in the history of England and prepared these sandwiches, maybe together with your children, as the tradition! And to abide to all ... served hot sandwiches spread with butter!
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How to make hot cross buns
The hot cross buns are sweet rolls with raisins English typical of origin of the Easter period.
Ingredients (10 rolls)
- To prepare hot cross buns Put in the bowl of a planetary (it goes without saying that traditionally the whole process was done by hand) flour, sugar, salt and baking powder, stir a bit 'dry ingredients and add the cinnamon and a grating of nutmeg.
- Started working the dough and add slowly the warm milk and egg.
- Also add the softened butter into small pieces and knead the dough until it does not stick to the hook and breaks away from the sides of the bowl.
- At this point, transfer it on a floured surface, add l 'raisin, previously held in soaking, wrung his hands and incorporate it to the mixture.
- Form a compacted ball, place it in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 3 hours, or until doubled.
- Take back the dough, deflate it and remove 10 pieces and shaped each piece with your hands to form a ball.
- Arrange the rolls on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, with the closure facing down and carve a cross on each bun.
- Brush the rolls with milk and bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until it will not become golden brown.
- To make the sandwiches remain beautiful fluffy is better to put a pot containing water in the oven during the cooking sandwiches.
- Baked buns and let them cool.
- Your hot cross buns are ready!