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hands off my buns!

For a nod to the upcoming Easter holiday, I decided to whip up a batch of hot cross buns… these spicy orbs of golden delight take a bit of time to prepare, but the outcome is entirely worth the effort!
The standards for creating these little heartbreakers are flour, sugar, salt, some mixed spices [pumpkin pie spice works as well], yeast, butter, an egg, whole milk, water, raisins, currants, as well as lemon and orange zest!
Everything for the dough is combined in the mixer, minus the fruits and zests… After a good ten-twelve minutes of kneading in the mixer, the fruits and zests are added in until incorporated. Once combined, a layer of plastic wrap covers the dough and it’s off for a nap in a warm spot until the dough rises in volume…
The dough, once risen, is separated and rolled into mounds, then set aside to rise again. As soon as they have risen the second time, a cross is piped along the tops of each bun and it’s off to get baking!
As soon as the buns are golden, a quick brushing of a syrupy glaze is gently slathered over each to finish off these treasures!
Warm out of the oven with a spread of butter or preserves [or hell both] is the best way to enjoy… guaranteed these don’t make it until Sunday!

at a low simmer…
-R

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‘hoppy’ holidays!!

So instead of the family get-together this Easter Sunday… we could only be there in the form of homemade cannolis. After an unfortunate incident upon arriving back home last night following an incredible birthday celebration, our Easter plans were changed to watching over a certain little pug… Luckily, I made my homemade cannoli creme in advance of the holiday!! Like mentioned previously, I cannot share the ingredients that go into this spectacular cannoli creme… I can tell you all however this is the perfect reason to break all diet rules and just dive in ‘spoon’ first.
What I can share… the filling is creamy, light and packed full of flavor! Who needs a shell to vessel this gorgeous concoction…

at a low simmer…
-R

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