This recipe (named for the “X-wing Fighter” spacecraft) uses yeast, but doesn’t require any “rise” time for the dough. The yeast just needs to sit for about 10 minutes in warm water, along with the sugar and salt, so it’s nice and bubbly.
While the yeast mixture is left to bubble, the flour and cinnamon are mixed in one bowl, and 1 tbsp. of flour is mixed with the raisins and walnuts. Then the two are combined, and the yeast mixture is added once ready.
I found the dough far too dry, so I added some more water than the recipe called for. Even so, it was still very tough to work with when I started kneading. I feel like it needed even more.
The dough is divided into 12 pieces, rolled out into ropes, and each rope is cut in half and pressed together like an “X”. The “X”s are brushed with a beaten egg and baked until light brown.
I thought these were a little bland. Only the occasional raisin adds some excitement to the flavor. I was kind of disappointed that I used up some of my hard-to-find active dry yeast on this recipe.
This dough was not easy to work with, and while I knew water needed to be added the recipe doesn’t mention that as a solution to dry/crumbly dough.
You will need active dry yeast, salt, sugar, flour, cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, and egg.