Hot Cross Muffins

Nutrition information per serving (1 muffin, 90g): 218 cal, 5g fat, 4g protein, 28g complex carbohydrates, 12g sugar, 1g dietary fiber, 35mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 150mg potassium, 49RE vitamin A, 1mg vita- min C, 2mg iron, 46mg calcium, 65mg phosphorus.

Photo by Chantal D.
Adapted from kingarthurflour.com

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SERVINGS

18

muffins

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SERVINGS

18

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Adapted from kingarthurflour.com

Ingredients

  • Batter:

  • 1 cup 1

    cup (6 ounces) raisins, golden raisins or sultanas

  • 2 tablespoons 2

    tablespoons (1 ounce) rum or water

  • 4 cups 4

    cups (1 pound) Perfect Pastry Blend or 3 3/4 cups (1 pound) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons 2 1/2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons 1 1/4

    teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 cup 1/4

    cup (1 1/2 ounces) potato flour OR dried potato flakes

  • 1/3 cup 1/3

    cup (2 1/2 ounces) sugar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons 2 1/2

    teaspoons instant yeast

  • 3/4 teaspoon 3/4

    teaspoon Princess Cake flavor OR 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 2 large 2

    large eggs

  • 1 3/4 cups 1 3/4

    cups (14 ounces) warm water

  • 1/4 cup 1/4

    cup (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) butter, melted

  • Icing:

  • 1 1/4 cups 1 1/4

    cups (5 ounces) glazing or confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons 2

    tablespoons (1 ounce) soft butter

  • 1 teaspoon 1

    teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon 1

    tablespoon milk or cream

Directions

1. Batter: Mix together the raisins and rum or water in a non-reactive bowl, and set the mixture aside. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients; it's important to whisk thoroughly, so that the potato flour doesn't clump when the liquids are added. 2. Stir in the Princess Cake Flavor (if you're using it), eggs, water, melted butter and the raisin mixture (including any remaining soaking liquid), then beat till all of the ingredients are incorporated and the dough is cohesive. It won't be smooth; that's OK. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes; it'll get a bit puffy, but won't really increase much in size. 3. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Stir the dough briefly to deflate it, and use a muffin scoop or 1/4-cup measure to fill 18 greased muffin cups; each should be about two-thirds full. Let the muffins rise, covered, for 20 minutes, until they've risen almost to the top of the cups. Bake them for 20 minutes, until they're a light golden brown. Remove them from the pans and allow them to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before icing. 4. Icing: Combine all the icing ingredients in a small bowl and beat till thick. Use a pastry bag and tip to pipe thick crosses onto the muffins. (If you don't have a pastry bag, fill a sturdy plastic bag with the frosting, squeezing it down into one corner. Snip the tip of the bag off, and squeeze the frosting onto the muffins.)

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