Easy Hot Cross Buns

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Warm out of the oven with a pat of butter, hot cross buns are irresistible. They are lightly spiced, sweet yeast rolls with dried fruit like raisins or currants. Icing in the shape of a cross is piped on top. Originating in England, their history dates back to the 12th century where an Anglican monk put a cross on the bun to symbolize the end of the Lenten season. The aroma in the kitchen, while they bake, is intoxicating. Create hot cross buns in your own kitchen, with this easy recipe.


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3 Hr
30 Min



  • 4 1/2 c
    bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp
    fine salt
  • 3/4 c
    and 1 Tbsp sugar, separated
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 c
    raisins in 1/2 cup of water (can substitute currants)
  • 2 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 2/3 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 2 large
    eggs and 1 egg white (save white for egg wash)

  • 1
    egg white
  • 1 Tbsp

  • 1 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Easy Hot Cross Buns


  1. In mixing bowl, combine the bread flour, sugar, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  2. Put raisins and water in a bowl, Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute. Strain raisins and set aside.
  3. Heat the water and milk on the stove until a thermometer reads between 105 to 110 degrees.
  4. Pour water/milk into a bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the packet of yeast on top. Press on the yeast lightly, with the back of a spoon, to wet the yeast but do not mix (if there is any yeast on the back of the spoon wipe it off and into the bowl). Let sit for 10 minutes to bloom.
  5. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add melted butter, eggs and yolk, vanilla, and yeast mixture into the bowl. Using a dough hook, on low speed, mix the wet ingredients with the flour mixture until it comes together (about two minutes).
  6. Add the raisins. Mix for about a minute until combined. Dough will be sticky.
  7. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of flour on a clean surface. Turn the dough onto the floured surface. Sprinkle another tablespoon of flour on top of the dough.
  8. Using floured hands, knead dough for 6 to 8 minutes until the dough is elastic. While kneading, dust a little flour on the dough and on hands as needed.
  9. Place the dough in a large greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let it sit for an hour to rise.
  10. After an hour, the dough will double in size
  11. Punch down the dough.
  12. Turn dough onto a clean surface. Cut into 12 equal pieces of dough.
  13. Then form into balls by gathering together the dough at the bottom creating a smooth top.
  14. Place dough balls onto a greased pan 2 inches apart.
  15. Cover for a second rise for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  16. Mix together the egg wash. Brush the tops of the buns.
  17. Bake the buns at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. When ready, they are golden brown.
  18. Whisk together the icing ingredients until smooth. It should be a thick paste so it doesn’t melt on the warm buns. If a little thinner icing is preferred, add one teaspoon of additional milk at a time.
  19. When the buns have cooled a little but are still warm, pipe a cross shape on the buns.

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About Easy Hot Cross Buns

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: English
Hashtags: #easter #cross buns

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