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Hot Cross Buns
Makes 18 buns

1/2 cup warm water
2 eggs, beaten
4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 package or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup seedless raisins
1 cup milk
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup margarine
2 tablespoons cold water

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Measure 1/2 cup warm water into a large bowl. Stir in 1 teaspoon
sugar and yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir well. Meantime,
combine milk and margarine in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until
liquid is warm and margarine melts. Stir in 1/3 cup sugar and salt.
Add liquid to dissolved yeast. Add ground cinnamon, and 1 1/2 cups
flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in an additional 3 1/2 cups (about)
flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured board:
knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in
greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover, let rise in warm place,
free from draft, until doubled in bulk. about 1 hour.

Punch dough down, turn out onto lightly floured board, knead in
raisins. Divide dough into 18 equal pieces. Form each PieCe into
a ball, place balls in 2 well-greased 8-inch round cake pans.
Combine egg Yolk and brush buns with mixture. Cover, let rise warm
place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk. about 1 hour.

Carefully cut a cross on the top of each bun with a sharp knife.
Bake in moderate oven (375 F ) about 20 to 25 minutes, or until
done. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Frost while warm
with confectioners sugar frosting.

Although Hot Cross Buns are associated with Christianity, they
actually are filled with pagan symbolism. The cross represented
the four quarters of the moon. The buns were also sacred to the
gods of the ancient Aztecs and Incas, both the Egyptians and Saxons
offered them as sacrifices to their goddesses. Believing that the
cross had magic Powers in Preventing sickness and insuring good
baking throughout the year. The English adopted Hot Cross Buns for
Good Friday in the early days of the Christian Church.

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