After losing my father just a few days ago, Easter hasn’t really been at the forefront of my thoughts this week. I could be sad forever but I also couldn’t let my children miss out on a holiday they love so much. While I haven’t been up to doing most of our usual Easter activities we did take some time today to do a little baking together.
Hot Cross Buns are one of the most traditional Easter recipes but they’re also very time consuming. To make them a little more kid-friendly you can easily toss the ingredients into a bread machine and let it do all of the work for you. One of the changes we made is a lightened up version of Hot Cross Buns with Truvia Baking Blend. It’s a blend of zero-calorie Truvia natural sweetener and sugar, packaged in a product that’s easy to use. For recipes that call for powdered sugar you can even use the Truvia Baking Blend to make that lightened up as well.
Tip: Add a ratio of 1 teaspoon of corn starch per 1 cup of Truvía® Baking Blend and blend on high in a food processor or grinder until texture is close to powdered sugar.
The end result is a sweet bun that is light on the inside, crispy on the outside and just as deliciously sweet with a homemade lightened up glaze.
- 2-1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- ¼ cup warm water
- ½ cup warm milk
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons Truvia Baking Blend
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups bread flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 1 cup Truvia Baking Blend
- heavy cream
- Place all ingredients in a bread machine layered according to the manufacturer’s directions. Typically that’s liquids first, solids second, yeast on top.
- Process on 1-1/2 pound loaf dough cycle only.
- When finished, roll dough ½ inch thick on a floured surface and cut with a 2 inch round cookie/biscuit cutter.
- Place rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet spaced 2 inches apart and lightly cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes, until doubled in size.
- Bake uncovered for 25 minutes at 325 degrees F.
- For glaze, blend corn starch and Truvia Baking Blend on high in a food processor or grinder until texture is close to powdered sugar.
- Whisk the powdered sugar with heavy cream, a few tablespoons at a time until it has a smooth, thick consistency.
- Spoon glaze over cooled buns.
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* I am a compensated member of the Truvia Kitchen Cabinet network of Honestly Sweet Baking Bloggers. Product has been provided but opinions and product usage are based on my own experiences.