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1 posted on 04/18/2003 9:12:19 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
Hot Cross Buns
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105°-115º)
3-1/2-4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
1/2 cup warm milk (105°-115ºº)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup chopped candied orange peel
1/3 cup dark raisins
Confectioners' Icing (optional)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, melted butter, egg, and warm milk. Mix thoroughly. Add salt, nutmeg, cloves, and yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly. Knead in orange peel, raisins, and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth—about 10 minutes.

Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double—about 1 hour. Punch down dough. Shape into balls of equal size. Make glaze and brush on loaf. If desired, use scissors to snip a cross pattern on top of buns. Bake in a preheated 350° oven about 20-30 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack. Optional: frost with Confectioner's Icing, making a cross on top of each bun.

Confectioners' Icing
1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk

Mix thoroughly. Before icing, cool bread slightly. Place bread on wire rack. Slip waxed paper under rack. (This makes for easy clean up.) With spoon, drizzle icing over each bun (lengthwise and crosswise), forming crosses.
(©1982 Kathy Cutler, The Festive Bread Book).

2 posted on 04/18/2003 9:13:40 AM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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This is a day of fasting and abstinence. Hot cross buns have been the traditional Good Friday English food since 1361.

I have some learning to do.  Observing Good Friday includes fasting.  When are the buns eaten, tomorrow?

Another question I hope can be cleared up for me:  "Following the ancient tradition of the Church, there are no sacraments celebrated on Good Friday nor Holy Saturday."  An in-law of a friend is converting to Catholicism and as I understood it, the RCIA candidates become members of The Church during the Easter Vigil (officially?).  Will there be sacraments?  Thanks in advance for some insight.

4 posted on 04/18/2003 1:42:28 PM PDT by GirlShortstop
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"I thirst": He Who is the Well of Life, the Giver of the Water of Life, bore our thirst- He thirsted, and cryed out for a drink- for a mere sip to quench His lips. He who gives us piteous men of Himself to drink- Who pours out the Living Water of the Holy Spirit upon us, to quench our thirst, when we are unable to offer anything to Him but vinegar and bitterness. But our bitternest He cleanses, casting His wood in our sour and awful water. Our stench He sanctifies into pleasing incenses- our sin He has covered, and our death He has conquered.

O! worthy, worthy, forever worthy, is the Lamb Who was slain, and taketh away the sins of the world!

9 posted on 04/18/2003 8:27:35 PM PDT by Cleburne (O Lord have mercy upon me, a sinner)
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BTTT for Good Friday, 2006

12 posted on 04/14/2006 9:55:20 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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