Gudiya learned to play recorder last year. It was the part of her school curriculum. So after coming home, she started teaching my mom - who was visiting us and me. Although we enjoy music tremendously, we have not played any musical instrument so far. But our teacher didn't give up on us.
I am happy to report that my mom and I passed the very first step and earned the coveted yellow belt from Gudiya. Now, all three generations can play B-A-G, B-A-G, G-G-G-G, A-A-A-A, B-A-G which, by the way is Hot Cross Buns tune.
To celebrate, I baked - you guessed it - Hot Cross Buns! I went to my favorite recipe site - Cooking Light and tried to lighten the recipe a bit. Please excuse the quality of the pictures below, I had to maneuver using the basic camera due to a camera mishap few days ago. The recipe is as-is from the cooking light and due credit is given to the creator and the website.
- 1. To prepare rolls, combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Drain fruit in a colander over a bowl, reserving fruit and juice.
- 2. Weigh or lightly spoon 18.5 ounces (about 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour and pastry flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, salt, and next 5 ingredients (through yeast) in the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached; mix until combined. Combine reserved orange juice, fat-free milk, honey, butter, and 2 eggs in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. With mixer on, slowly add milk mixture to flour mixture; mix at medium-low speed 7 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Add reserved fruit. Knead 2 minutes or until smooth and elastic; add enough of remaining 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm, dry place, free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide into 24 equal portions; roll each portion into a ball. Place rolls in muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until almost doubled in size.
- 3. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 4. Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white; stir with a whisk. Gently brush rolls with egg white mixture. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden, rotating pans once during baking. Remove from pans; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack.
- 5. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Microwave at HIGH 20 seconds or until warm. Spoon glaze into a zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag; snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe a cross on top of each warm roll.