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Hot Buns in the Kitchen

Posted Mar 29 2013 12:55pm

Apparently, two of the top recipes searched for on Pinterest are “lasagna” and “cheesecake”, this leads me to believe that one of two things are true:

1. Only Garfield and Rose Nyland are using Pinterest, and at staggering intervals. (clearly, Sophia, Blanche, and Dorothy aren’t using Pinterest.)

2. People like cheese a whole lot.

More than likely it’s #2. I thought about using a cream cheese frosting for today’s recipe for this reason, but I’ve done that, and I try to keep my lameness repeats to a minimum.

I’m all for cheesecake, though. It is all but certain that the webmistress , BroadwayBaby , the GraveRobber, my MakeUpArtist, and my Gaysian  and I will all be living together in a Golden Girls style commune when our children are grown and we tire of our husbands.

It’s really up in the air as far as who gets to be the one to sleep around. I’m obviously Dorothy, and BroadwayBaby is obviously Rose, but we’re going to have to have  some sort of strip-off, dance-off for who gets to be Blanche. I think the WebMistress may win purely because she has the biggest boobs. It’s a dirty trick, but true.(she could knock us out with one and run after the men) Either way, there will be cheesecake.

I’m the first to admit, I’m not one blessed with “animal magnetism”. Sexy isn’t my thing. Snarky is. I think the last time I tried to flirt by running my hands through my hair, my ring got stuck. Lingerie makes me laugh uncontrollably (seriously, crotchless panties? what’s the point?). My “come hither” look involves holding up a plate of cookies in front of my face. Luckily, I found someone who doesn’t mind that I’m a hot mess, and mostly cares that I’m nerdy about the same things, can cook food, and, well… I think that’s about it. BUT I CAN DEFINITELY COOK, and running marathons and eating cookies gives me…uh…stamina. I can cook all night long.

Or bake. Either way, the kitchen’s hot.

I love bread. I think that’s apparent. I also love sweets. I don’t love hot cross buns because I feel as though the pittance of frosting allotted to each is a dirty tease. Rich, eggy yeast buns should at least get butter, or SOMETHING.

So I turned the idea of a hot cross bun on its head and made hot cross cinnamon buns.

I am calling them X buns, though. Eating a cross still creeps me out.  But for the sake of the blog??

Dotted with chopped apricot and raisins, the dough a rich combination of zests and spices in a buttery, eggy dough, all topped off with a delicious maple frosting, half of which is poured on while the rolls are still hot, soaking them to the core.

Hot Cross Cinnamon Buns.

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Hot Cross Cinnamon Bun

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 1.5 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: bake beverage bread breakfast dessert snack Easter

Ingredients (6 or 12 buns depending on size)

for the dough

3.5 cups AP flour 1 scant tbsp active dry yeast (one packet) 1 cup warm milk (110F) 3 tbsp softened butter 1 egg 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp clove 1 tsp salt 1/4 cup sugar

for the filling

1 stick softened butter 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup chopped, dried apricots 1/2 cup golden raisins

for the frosting


for the dough

add yeast to warm milk and sugar in a mixing bowl with dough hook attached and set aside until foam forms on the top

sift together flour and spices, adding it in 1/2 cup at a time

halfway through, add remaining ingredients for dough and let it knead until it’s stretchy and glossy.

cover and let rise for one half hour

for the filing

stir together all filling ingredients


roll out dough into a 10″-16″ rectangle

spread filling over it up to the edge

roll up tightly

slice into slices

position in greased pan

cover and let rise 30 more minutes

bake in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown (the bigger your slices, the longer it takes…about 25 minutes for 6 rolls that are wedged together in a 9″ cake pan)

for the frosting

whip together all ingredients and fill a piping bag with the frosting

when the rolls come out, pour half of the frosting over the hot buns

when the rolls cool, mark each with an “X”

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