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Hot Cross Bread

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Ingredients
  Milk 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Egg 1
  Dark raisins 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped mixed candied fruit 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Confectioners' icing 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (adjust quantity as needed)
Directions

1 Heat milk, butter, salt, and sugar to hot (120°-130°F). Combine 1 cup flour and yeast in mixing bowl. Add milk mixture to flour and mix thoroughly.
2 Add egg, raisins, candied fruit, and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
3 Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top.
4 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
5 Punch down dough. Shape into a ball. Place on greased baking sheet. Cut a 2-inch-long, 1/4-inch-deep cross on top of loaf. (Can also be shaped as a loaf and baked in greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.)
6 Cover; let rise until double€”about 45 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven about 30€”40 minutes or until done.
7 Cool on wire rack. Frost with Confectioners' Icing.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday, Party

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