Harvest Hash, Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Are you looking for a simple side dish that is flavorful and able to feed a crowd? This Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprout dish is packed full of flavor. Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, bacon, a hint of apple and thyme come together so nicely in this delicious and savory side dish. This dish is everything you’re craving for the fall season, or anytime really.

The garden changes so many times throughout the growing season. Fall is one of my favorite times to harvest some of the finest vegetables from the garden. Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts grow all season long and it’s so rewarding to harvest them in the fall.

This Harvest Hash, Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprout recipe is super easy to prepare and make. It makes for a great side dish for any meal, as well as can feed a crowd for your next holiday gathering. It’s a colorful dish loaded with flavor that is sure to impress.

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Harvest Hash, Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprout

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved
  • 1 sm. onion, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and cubed
  • 5 slices of bacon, browned and crumbled
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic

Directions

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it is crisp and browned. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to cool, set aside.

Using a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and onion. Cook until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender with a fork, and onion is looking translucent.

Stir in apples, thyme, garlic and cook for about a minute more.

Add in the reserved crumbled bacon pieces and stir in all together. Serve warm.

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German Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes

Are you looking for a flavorful cupcake with the delicious flavors of a classic cake? These German Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes are just that. Enjoy the flavors of German chocolate cake in cupcake form! Because cupcakes are ALWAYS fun!

They are a delicious mix of light chocolate cake paired with an ooey-gooey coconut and pecan topping.

If you’re like me, you’ll be hooked on them. The whole salty nutty caramel chocolate combination is just too good, you’ll definitely have to have more than one!

Enjoy!

German Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 4 oz. German Sweet Chocolate
  • 2 1/3 C. cake flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 C. butter or margarine
  • 1 C. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 lg. eggs

Frosting:

  • 1 C. evaporated milk
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 C. butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C. pecans, chopped
  • 2 C. flaked coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two muffin pans with paper baking cups, then set aside.

To make the cake:

Break the chocolate bar into pieces. Melt over low heat and set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, stir the butter or margarine to soften. Add the flour mixture, 3/4 C. of buttermilk and vanilla. Mix together just slightly to dampen the flour, beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add the melted chocolate, eggs and remaining buttermilk. Beat for 1 minute more, making sure everything is mixed well together.

Scoop cake batter into each cupcake liner in the prepared pans. Bake at 350° F. for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from cupcake pan and cool on wire racks.

To make the frosting:

In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine or butter and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, for about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans and coconut. Set aside to cool to get to a good spreading consistency, mixing occasionally.

Add the frosting to the cupcakes after they are completely cooled.

Recipe makes 2 doz. cupcakes

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German Sweet Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is a classic made-from-scratch cake. The delicious layers of moist, light chocolate cake are topped with a signature coconut-nut frosting.

German Chocolate Cake takes me back to family dinners at my grandma’s house. She is always baking up yummy desserts! German Chocolate Cake is definitely a popular favorite at family occasions.

The cake itself is moist, dense and a light chocolate flavor. It pairs wonderfully with the filling and frosting. The frosting is packed full of flavors!! Sweet with a creamy, milky texture, nutty with the tastes of coconut and pecans, and a sweet hint of vanilla.

Grab a glass of milk or cup of coffee and enjoy a slice!

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for German Chocolate Cake

Cake:

  • 4 oz. German Sweet Chocolate
  • 2 1/3 C. cake flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 C. butter or margarine
  • 1 C. buttermilk, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 lg. eggs

Coconut Pecan Filling and Frosting:

  • 2 C. evaporated milk
  • 2 C. granulated sugar
  • 6 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 C. butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C. pecans, chopped
  • 2 C. flaked coconut

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To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line bottoms of three 9-inch round pans with parchment paper, then set aside.

Break the chocolate bar into pieces and melt over low heat, then set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a separate large mixing bowl, stir the butter to soften. Add the flour mixture, 3/4 C. of buttermilk and vanilla. Mix together just slightly to dampen the flour, beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add the melted chocolate, eggs and remaining buttermilk. Beat for 1 minute more, making sure to mix well together.

Pour batter into prepared layer pans. Bake at 350° F. for 35 minutes, or when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake layers and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool the rest of the way on wire racks.

To make the frosting:

In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, for about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans and coconut. Set aside to cool to get to a good spreading consistency, mixing occasionally.

To assemble:

When the cake layers are cooled completely, spread the frosting on top of each layer and stack together.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin CookiesThese Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are thick, soft and chewy. They are loaded with oats, raisins and delicious flavor. This old-fashioned cookie has the perfect texture and soft flavors of cinnamon and raisins. It is sure to be a tried and true oatmeal raisin cookie recipe for your recipe box.

There are so many different types of cookies, but when I think of my favorites, I often feel I like the simple classics the best! I have always been a huge fan of oatmeal cookies because there are so many things you can mix together for yummy cookies. But this classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie would be at the top of the list.

This recipe is super easy to make and the cookies always bake up beautifully. The oat to raisin ration is perfectly balanced, with a nice addition of cinnamon to tie this cookie all together.

We just had our county 4-H fair a few weeks ago. My oldest son is in his second year of 4-H and shows swine and poultry, so we camp out at the fairgrounds for the week. I always like to have a lot of snacks for the kids, and sometimes their friends too, to come and grab throughout the day. I made up a few different types of cookies for the week, with this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie being one of them.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 C. butter, softened

1 1/2 C. brown sugar, packed

2 lg. eggs

2 C. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda

1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 C. quick cooking oats

1 C. raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.

Cream and beat together the butter, brown sugar, and eggs in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend all together in the stand mixer or with a handheld beater. After the two mixtures are well combined, add the raisins and mix in gently with a spoon. Drop teaspoons full of cookie dough onto a baking sheet.

Bake at 350° F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven before they get too brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Are you looking for a dessert that is great any time of the year? Especially perfect for summer! Key Lime Pie is a classic dessert! This pie brings together sweet and tangy flavors in the creamy, citrus filling. It’s paired with rich graham cracker crust, creating a refreshing dessert. Key lime pie is perfectly tart, creamy, and smooth and a dessert favorite! The texture is so lovely and rich. When serving pair the pie with a nice big dollop of whipped cream to complete the dessert!

A key lime pie starts with the graham cracker crust. You can always buy a premade crust, but crusts made from scratch are so much better! So I’ve included crust directions in the recipe. While the crust is baking, you can make the pie filling. Fill the baked pie crust, bake a little more, and then let the pie cool. Refrigerate overnight and then your pie is ready to enjoy!!

A key lime pie is called that for a reason. It calls for key limes, but sometimes they can be harder to find. But key lime juice can be found in the juice isle at the grocery store and always works great for that key lime refreshing flavor!

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Ingredients

For the crust:

1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
5 Tbsp. sugar

For the filling:

1 C. sugar
4 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 C. water
4 lg egg yolks
4 Tbsp. key lime juice
2 tsp. butter
1 tsp. grated lime zest
whipped cream, additional lime zest, and thinly sliced key limes, optional for garnish

Slice of Key Lime PieDirections

Crust:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a small bowl. Mix until blended well. Press crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes at 350° F., then cool on a wire rack.

Pie Filling:

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, corn starch and salt together. Gradually stir in the water. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat, add egg yolks and stir immediately. Return to heat and stir constantly while bringing mixture to a gentle boil and cook for 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice, butter, and lime zest. Pour into cooled crust.

Bake at 350° F. for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours for a cool dessert or freeze overnight for a frozen dessert. Top with whipped cream, lime zest, and lime slices when serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

Red, white and Blue Cupcakes Close Up If you’re looking for patriotic cupcakes for your next party, these Red, White and Blue Cupcakes are a perfect treat! They’re a great addition to any Memorial Day or 4th of July celebrations.

Summer brings many opportunities for get-togethers: cookouts, picnics, backyard BBQs and pot-lucks with celebrations of holidays, birthday parties, family reunions…the list goes on. My family has a 4th of July party/family reunion every year. Each family brings a side dish or dessert to share along with lots of burgers and hot dogs from the grill. There are games for the kids, corn hole, swimming, beer, lots of visiting with family and lots of food. At the end of the night we light our own fireworks. A fun all-American celebration.

As we celebrate America’s birthday, a delicious addition of Red, White and Blue homemade cupcakes straight from the kitchen is always fitting. These yummy cupcakes are perfect for the dessert table at the get-togethers. These homemade cupcakes are super moist as well as fun red, white and blue colors to celebrate America!

Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes Recipe

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Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 C. flour
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 3 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. milk
  • 1/2 C. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 lg. egg whites
  • 1/4 C. water

Decorations:

  • white frosting (any kind you like, I used Whipped Vanilla)
  • red and blue food coloring gel
  • sprinkles and flag cupcake liners

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. and prepare muffin pan with paper baking cups.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl or your stand mixer and mix together. Set aside.

In another mixing bowl, add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and egg whites and mix together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl and combine together until well mixed. Add the water to the batter and mix together on low speed until it is all well combined.

Divide the batter equally into 3 separate bowls.

Use the red and blue food coloring gel and color 2 of the bowls of batter, to have a red, white, and a blue batter. I used about 2 butter knife tips of food coloring, you can add more to or less for desired color.

Spoon a little of each batter into your cupcake liners, filling about 1/2 way full.

Bake at 350° F. for 17 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

For the frosting, simply use a premade white frosting. Add the frosting to a piping bag.

When the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes. I used the round piping tip Wilton #12. Add sprinkles and other holiday decorations to cupcakes.

What a fun way to enjoy dessert to celebrate America! These can easily be made for graduations by making the batter school colors.

Enjoy!

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Barbecue Ribs

Barbecue Ribs

Grilling season is here!! Don’t you just love it when you’re driving or working outside and can smell the amazing aroma of someone grilling out? One thing that screams summer in our house is cooking on the grill! Many nights for dinner and on the weekends we are making meals on the grill.

I am a big fan of ribs as well as barbecue. Actually, when my husband and I travel, we like to find different BBQ restaurants to try out. We have been to so many awesome ones!

We like to make different kinds of barbecue meals at home too and on the grill! Barbecue ribs are definitely a family favorite in our house! All of our kids like them, so ribs go over very well.

This recipe for barbecue ribs gives you fall-off-the-bone ribs that are deliciously packed with the smoky, barbecue flavor of summer. Recipe makes about 2 cups of barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Ribs

Ingredients

  • 4-5 lbs. baby back pork ribs (approx.)
  • Your favorite rub (I use Dairy Good BBQ Rub)
  • 1 C. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 C. hot water
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. papirika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch mixed with 1/2 C. cold water

Directions

Put ribs out on a large baking sheet. Generously apply rub to both sides of the ribs. Place the ribs on the grill and cook until tender, but not falling apart, about 1 to 1.5 hours, make up the barbecue sauce, while they are cooking.

Mix the Clabber Girl Corn Starch with the cold water and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, combine the water and brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, including the corn starch mixture, and mix together well. Bring the mixture back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes uncovered. Remove from heat and cool at room temperature. The sauce will then thicken.

About 20 minutes before the ribs are cooking, brush the barbecue sauce to both sides of the ribs. Layer on a heavy amount for extra barbecue flavor. Remove ribs from grill and enjoy.

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcake Batter:

  • 4 oz. chips (1/2 C.) bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/3 C. cocoa powder
  • 1 C. hot coffee
  • 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C. (room temperature) sour cream
  • 1/2 C. light brown sugar
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/4 C. vegetable oil

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 C. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pt. raspberries
  • 16 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1/2-1 tsp. lemon extract

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/2 C. heavy cream
  • 4 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and cut into bits

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a jumbo 6-cup muffin pan with paper baking cups (or a standard 12-cup muffin pan).

In a medium heatproof bowl, add the chocolate and cocoa powder. Pour the hot coffee over mixture and whisk mixture gently until smooth then set aside to cool. Let stand for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda and set aside.

Whisk sour cream, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until smooth.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffins pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes for the jumbo muffins or 14-18 minutes for regular size muffins. Let cool slightly and then remove from pans and let cool completely.

Raspberry buttercream frosting:

Beat the butter until creamy and lightened in color. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat to combine, continue adding the powdered sugar 1-2 cups at a time until the mixture is light and fluffy, and add in extract and mix to combine.

Add in your raspberries and mix until raspberries have broken down and are fully incorporated into the mixture.

If the mixture is too stiff mix in 2-3 tablespoons of milk to reach desired consistency.

Chocolate ganache:

Add heavy cream to a small saucepan and bring to a boil stirring frequently. Put chocolate chips in a medium bowl and pour heavy cream over chips. Gently stir chocolate and cream together with a whisk until all of the chips are melted. Add butter and stir until all ingredients are fully combined and ganache is smooth and glossy.

Finishing touches:

Use a spatula to transfer frosting into a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off.  Pipe buttercream frosting onto completely cooled cupcakes. Drizzle with chocolate ganache.

Cinnamon Nut Quick Bread

A loaf of this Cinnamon Nut Quick Bread is a delicious addition for breakfast! Enjoy a slice with your morning coffee, tea, milk or even for an afternoon snack.

The wonderful flavors of cinnamon and nuts swirled into a moist and delicious batter and baked to perfection-all with no yeast needed.

I love making different breads to enjoy for breakfasts or snacks. My whole family are fans too. One loaf generally doesn’t last too long in this house. You can’t go wrong with the amazing smell of this yummy Cinnamon Nut Quick Bread as its baking! The delightful aroma brings back all that childhood nostalgia of mom or grandma baking in their homes.

This Cinnamon Nut Quick Bread is simple to make. It comes together quickly in preparing. Unlike regular bread, this quick bread requires no yeast so there is no rising time needed.

Enjoy this Cinnamon Nut Quick Bread fresh and warm out of the oven, for your morning breakfast, or as a yummy afternoon snack. For additional flavors spread butter or cream cheese on top.

Cinnamon Nut Quick Bread Recipe

Ingredients

Cinnamon Swirl:

  • 1/4 C. butter, melted
  • 1/2 C. nuts (walnuts or pecans – I used walnut)
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 C. sugar

Batter:

  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 2 1/2 C. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/4 C. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 C. milk
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 1/4 C. shortening, melted

Topping:

  • 1-2 Tbsp. butter, as desired
  • Equal parts cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan, then set aside.
  2. Combine melted butter, nuts, cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in small mixing bowl. Mix well together and set aside.
  3. Add the other 1/2 cup or sugar, flour, salt and baking soda to a larger mixing bowl and whisk together until well blended.
  4. Using a measuring cup, add the apple cider vinegar to the milk.
  5. Using a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and the vinegar/milk mixture and beat together. Gradually add the melted shortening and stir together.
  6. Add half of the dry ingredients and blend together well. Scrape the sides of the bowl so all bread batter is together in center. Then add in the second half, blending well and scraping the sides down a second time.
  7. Fold in the nut/cinnamon mixture to create a swirling effect, but not completely mixed within the batter.
  8. Pour the batter into loaf pan and bake at 350° F. for 45 to 55 minutes, until clean toothpick comes out.
  9. Immediately after removing the loaf from the oven, gently rub butter over the top of the loaf for a light melted butter topping. Then sprinkle a light layer of cinnamon/sugar to finish off the bread.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from loaf pan and continue cooling. Enjoy warm or cooled.

Homemade Hot Cross Buns

Homemade Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are soft and fluffy with plump raisins, a mixture of spice flavors, and a sweet glaze on the top. Make these homemade hot cross buns for your Easter traditions.

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A sweet bread with all my favorite flavors paired with juicy raisins all together in a little roll. It’s topped off with a sweet sugary glaze to finish off the flavors.

Traditional homemade Hot Cross Buns. Easy recipe using raisins and cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Perfect for Easter

The most significant part of the hot cross buns is the cross itself baked into the roll. Perfect for Easter….but really delightful any time of the year!

I love making bread at home so I’m looking forward to making these more often! You really can’t beat homemade breads and buns! My favorite part is while they are still warm, splitting the bun in half and smearing butter on both pieces. It instantly melts and tastes so so good!

The hot cross bun is not too heavy so its great enjoyed as a side with dinner, or for breakfast! Or anytime really….I’m snacking with one right now as I write.

Homemade Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients for Homemade Hot Cross Buns

  • 3/4 C. milk, warmed
  • 1 pk dry active yeast, 2 1/4 tsp if using bulk
  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 7 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 C. flour, divided within recipe (plus extra for work surfaces)
  • 1/2 C. raisins

Ingredients for the crosses

  • 1/4 C. water
  • 1/3 C. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients for the glaze

  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. water

Directions for Homemade Hot Cross Buns

  1. In a medium mixing bowl or a stand mixer combine the warm water and the yeast. Mix until dissolved. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and egg to the bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, salt, melted butter, baking powder and 1 1/2 cups of the flour and mix on low speed with the dough hook.
  4. Add the remainder of the flour and the raisins and continue to mix. The dough will start to form a ball and pull away from the sides.
  5. Remove dough, form into a ball and place in bowl that has been lightly greased with oil. Cover the bowl with a towel or plate and sit to rise for 1 hour. The dough will double in size.
  6. After dough has risen, transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and press it down flat to take the air out. If dough is a little too dry, add a teaspoon of water and work it in.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into small balls by rolling with your hand against a surface using a circular motion.
  8. Place the 12 dough balls onto a lightly greased baking tray or use parchment paper in a 3 x 4 formation. Leave some space between the buns so they can rise more to touch each other.
  9. Let rise for 15 minutes before adding the crosses.
  10. While the buns are rising, prepare the ingredients for the crosses.
  11. In a mixing bowl, add the water, flour, and vanilla, and whisk together. It will have a thicker wet consistency, holds it shape, but thin enough to pipe.
  12. Transfer the flour mixture into a piping bag or plastic bag with the tip cut off.
  13. After the buns have been rising for 15 minutes, carefully pipe the flour mixture across each buns in both directions to form a cross. The cross will bake into the buns.
  14. Bake at 425° F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  15. While the buns are baking make the glaze by bringing the sugar and water to a boil in a pot. Simmer until a syrup is formed.
  16. Glaze the buns as soon as they come out of the oven and let sit to cool.
  17. Ready to serve. Best if served the same day or the next day.

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