These sweet and lightly frosted Amish Friendship Bread Hot Cross Buns are another great way to use up your starter while celebrating one of the most popular holidays of the year. Reminiscent of family dinners at Easter, these sweet treats are amazing, right out of the oven.
Amish Friendship Bread Hot Cross Buns
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 cups flour (plus extra if needed)
- 1 cup milk (plus 1-2 tablespoons if needed)
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg beaten
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice or ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup raisins or currants
- ⅓ cup candied lemon peel roughly chopped, or mixed dried fruit
- 1 cup water or rum for reconstituting fruit
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon milk
- In a large bowl, add starter, milk, yeast, salt, butter, egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Let rest for one hour.
- While the batter is resting, soak the raisins or currants in water or rum to soften. Oil a large mixing bowl and 10"-square baking pan. Set aside.
- Add 2 cups of bread flour to the large bowl of ingredients and mix until combined and dough is soft, adding additional milk if needed.
- Drain the fruit from the liquid and add to the batter bowl along with chopped lemon peel or dried fruit.
- Knead in up to another cup of flour until the dough is smooth and soft.
- Add dough to oiled bowl and cover. Let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours.
- Grease your hands and split the dough into 12 portions. Form dough into round balls.
- Place rolls on baking sheet and let rise for another 1-2 hours, until they're puffy and touch one another.
- Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C). Whisk together egg white and milk, and brush over buns.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the tops are light golden brown. Remove from oven and carefully burns out of pan and transfer to a cooling rack.
- Prepare Vanilla Glaze using less liquid so the glaze is thick. When buns are cool, use a spoon to drizzle the tops to form a cross.
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