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Hot cross buns

Nothing says Easter like hot cross buns, especially when they’re home made. This recipe comes from Jennifer L.’s book, in North Branch , MN, although I’ve made a few tiny tweaks.

Hot cross buns

Ingredients

4-4 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
2 eggs plus 1 yolk
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. granulated sugar

3/4 cup currents
(1/4 cup candied orange zest and 1/4 cup candied ginger, cut into small cubes)
1 egg white
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp milk (or more if needed)

Preparation instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 c. flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a pan heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt until warm (120°-130°) and butter almost melts.
Add milk mixture to dry mixture. Add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed 20 sec. scraping bowl. Beat on high 3 minutes. Stir in currants and orange peel and ginger (if desired), and as much remaining flour as you can.
2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1-1 1/2 hrs).
3. Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 20 portions. Shape portiions into smooth balls. Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise till nearly double. (45-60 minutes)
4. Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross slash across top of each bun. In small bowl combine beaten egg white and 1 tbsp water. Brush mixture of egg white and water over rolls. Bake in a 375° oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. For icing, in a mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk or juice. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 tsp at a time, until icing is of drizzling consistecy. Drizzle icing into slashes atop each bun. Serve warm.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Dark fruitcake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

3 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
16 oz (2 1/2 c.) diced, mixed candied fruits and peels
1 (15 oz pkg) (3 c.) raisins
1 (8 oz pkg) (1 1/3 c.) pitted whole dates, snipped

Preparation instructions

Grease three 8x4x2 loaf pans or two 10x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Line bottom and sides of pans with brown paper. (Brown paper prevents over browning); grease paper. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Add fruits and peels, raisins, dates, cherries, almonds, pecans and pineapple; mix till well coated. Beat eggs till foamy. Add brown sugar, orange juice, butter or margarine, and molasses; beat till combined. Stir into fruit mixture. Turn batter into pans, filling each about 3/4 full.
Bake in oven 300° for 2 hours or till cakes test done. (cover all pans loosely with foil after 1 hour of baking to prevent over baking)
Place cakes in pans on wire racks; cool thoroughly. Remove from pans.
Wrap in wine. brandy, or fruit juice-moistened cheese cloth. Over wrap with foil. Store in refrigerator. (Store 3 to 4 weeks for a blended and mellow flavor) Re-moisten cheese cloth as needed after 1 week.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Swedish fruit soup: version 2

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 lb mixed dried fruit
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. raisins

Preparation instructions

Soak fruit in water to cover. Carefully cook in covered saucepan so pieces remain whole. When fruit is tender, add sugar and salt and simmer ten more minutes. Drain off about 2 c. juice and put in double boiler. Add raisins and tapioca. When cooked, add to fruit mixture with cloves and cinnamon stick. Let stand covered until cool. Chill thoroughly before serving with a dollop of whipped cream.

Place cloves and cinnamon on threads to be sure to pull them out when cold.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Swedish fruit soup: version 1

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 8oz pkg mixed dried fruits
1/2 c. raisins
3 to 4 inch stick cinnamon
2 c. unsweetened pieapple juice
2 tbsp quick cooking tapioca
1 med. orange, thinly sliced and halved and quartered.
1/2 c. currant jelly
1/4 c. sugar

Preparation instructions

Halve large pieces of fruit. In a large sauce pan combine mixed fruits, raisins, cinnamon, and 4 c. water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1o minutes. Meanwhile, combine pineapple juice and tapioca; let stand 5 minutes. Add to cooked fruit mixture along with orange, jelly, sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; Remove stick cinnamon. Serve warm or chilled.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

White fruit cake

by Heather M.’s book, Boxford, MA

Ingredients

1 lb. butter
2 c. sugar
9 eggs
6 c. flour
4 oz. candied pineapple
4 oz cherries (or 8 oz. mixed candied fruit)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. chopped nuts
1 pkg. chopped dates
1 lb. white raisins
2 oz. brandy

Preparation instructions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Mix butter and sugar for 20 mintues at high speed. Add one egg and a little flour at at time until all is incorporated. Sprinkle some of the flour over the fruit. Add the rest of the ingredients to the batter. Stir well. Grease a 10 inch tube pan and line wiht wax paper. Pour batter in and bake for 3 hours.

Decorate top of cake before you put in oven with cherries and almonds, making a flower pattern.

Submitted by: Heather M

Baked apples

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

6 large baking apples
3/4 c raisins or snipped pitted dates
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. water

Preparation instructions

Core Apples; peel off a strip around the top of each. Place apples in a 10x6x2 inch baking dish. Fill apples with raisins or dates. I a sauce pan combine brown sugar, water, butter or margarine, cinnamon, and nutmeg; bring to a boiling; Pour hot sugar mixture around apples. Bake, uncovered, i a 350° oven about 1 hour or till apples are tender. Basting occasionally with the sugar mixture. Serve warm with light cream or ice cream.

Submitted by: Jennifer L