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Baking Hot Cross Bunds with mashed potatoes

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grisdes's picture

Baking Hot Cross Bunds with mashed potatoes

Last week I made Hot Cross buns with a recipe that included mashed potatoes, it was from this web site and now I can't find it, if anybody knows what

am talking about would you please help me out? My potatoes are boiling as we speak. 

saraugie's picture

Hot Cross Buns w Potatoes
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 (1/4-ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar plus 1 teaspoon
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup unseasoned mashed potatoes
1 cup dried currants or raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup warm water. Add 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Use a small whisk to stir the mixture. Set aside and allow the yeast to bubble and grow. It will get foamy.

Pour warm milk into a large mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, salt, butter, mashed potatoes and currants. Add 1 cup of the flour along with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat with a wooden spoon. Gradually add more flour until dough begins to pull together into one mass. It will be a little sticky. Sprinkle some of the flour you have measured out onto your work surface. Place the dough on the floured surface. Turn the mixing bowl upside down over the dough to cover.

While dough is resting, grease two 9-inch round cake pans. Grease another large mixing bowl and set aside. Use your fingers for this job. Then, rub greasy fingers together to lightly coat your hands. This will make it easier to work with the dough.

Dust your slightly greasy hands with flour and knead the dough for 8 minutes, sprinkling the work surface with a little more flour as needed. Form the dough into a ball. Place in the prepared mixing bowl. Then, turn the ball of dough over so the greasy side is up. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Punch dough down and divide in two equal pieces. Form each half of dough into 16 balls. Place in the prepared cake pans, 16 balls in each. Cover lightly with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until almost double in size. Brush with egg yolk glaze. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then remove from pans. When the buns are cool, use glaze to make a cross on the top of each bun. Makes 32 Hot Cross Buns.

Egg Yolk Glaze
Whisk 1 egg yolk with 2 tablespoons cold water. Brush over buns just before baking.

Powdered Sugar Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons milk or half and half
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Mix all ingredients until smooth. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time. It should be on the thick side for making crosses on Hot Cross Buns. Place icing in a zip-top bag and snip a corner to easily mark the crosses.

grisdes's picture

Thank yo so much, I pretty much guessed it and the only thing I added that was not in the recipe was 1 egg yolk.


Happy Easter!

saraugie's picture

I've never made them with potatoes.  What benefit are you thinking it will give using them?

grisdes's picture

Well, itmakes any kind of bread very soft and moist, besides I was following the recipe, this is not the first time I made yeast bread using mashed potatoes, there are tons of recipes for breads and rolls that call for them.

saraugie's picture

How'd they come out?  I'm doing mine bright and early tomorrow.

grisdes's picture

They came out excellent, so tender and yummy! I'm so sorry for the delayed response. I'm sure yours are great too.