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hot cross buns

Recipe by
Catherine Cappiello Pappas
Amityville, NY

These hot cross buns are easy to make and quick- no yeast just self-rising flour!

yield 1 dozen
prep time 5 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For hot cross buns

  • rum raisins:
  • 1/3 cup raisins, chopped
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp. mixed berry marmalade
  • 1 tblsp. culinary rum
  • 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fruit juice
  • dough:
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of milk

How To Make hot cross buns

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 3 qt. baking dish and set aside. Simmer, in a small sauce pan,over a medium heat all of the ingredients for the rum raisins. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt and cinnamon. Add oil, brown sugar, and egg. Mix well until well incorporated. Add the milk, half cup, at a time until a fine dough comes together. Add rum raisins and mix with your hands. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead until it all comes together and is smooth. Pull the dough apart making pool ball sized buns; the dough should make about 1 dozen hot cross buns. Brush each bun with an egg wash (1 egg white + 1 teaspoon milk or water). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. While buns cool, whisk confectioner's sugar, vanilla and milk to make a glaze. Add more sugar or milk until you get a thick consistency. Drizzle a cross pattern over each bun. Let the glaze set before serving. Enjoy with butter, cream cheese or jam!