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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Rise 2 hrs to 2 hrs
  • Chill 6 hrs
  • Bake 12 mins to 15 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup currants or raisins
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 1/4-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese (12 oz.)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Milk

Directions

  1. Place the currants in a small bowl; add vinegar. Cover and let stand while making dough. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, cardamom, and cloves; set aside. In a saucepan heat and stir 2/3 cup milk, 1/2 cup of the mascarpone cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, and salt, just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and mascarpone almost melts. Add milk mixture to flour mixture along with eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in currants mixture and as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes). Dough will be sticky. Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 hour). Chill dough 6 hours. (Or omit rising time and chill dough 12 to 24 hours.)
  3. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease 2 baking sheets; set aside. Divide dough into 24 portions. Gently shape each portion into a ball, tucking edges under to make smooth tops. Place balls almost touching on prepared baking sheets. Cover; let rise until nearly double (1 to 1-1/2 hours). Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross slash across the top of each bun. In a small bowl combine beaten egg white and water; brush over rolls. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove buns from baking sheets. Cool slightly on wire racks.
  5. In a small bowl stir together remaining mascarpone, 1/4 cup sugar, and enough milk to make of a thick drizzling consistency. Drizzle a cross over each bun with icing. Pass additional icing for dipping.

Nutrition Facts

(Hot Cross Buns)

Servings Per Recipe 24, chol. (mg) 45, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, vit. A (IU) 49, Folate (µg) 36, sugar (g) 5, cal. (kcal) 168, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, pro. (g) 6, sodium (mg) 71, Potassium (mg) 80, fiber (g) 1, sat. fat (g) 4, calcium (mg) 20, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, iron (mg) 1, carb. (g) 22, Fat, total (g) 7

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