Recipe Name: Hot Cross Buns
Types: Bread, Buns, Easter
Prep Time: ~40 minutes w/3 hour rise time
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 4 – 4and1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package active dry yeast
- ¾ teaspoon ground sinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash cloves
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup butter or margarine (I’d recommend butter)*
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup golden raisins**
- ½ cup craizins**
- 1 beaten egg white
- 1 recipe powdered sugar icing or one container vanilla frosting***
*if you use butter, be sure to use ‘unsalted butter’
** The recipe I got this from says 2/3 cup dried currants or raisins and ¼ cup diced candied orange peel (optional), but the golden raisins and the crazens work really well for it.
***I just use premade frosting because I like it better. I’ll include the icing recipe for anyone who wants it.
In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a sauce pan heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and salt until just warm and butter almost melts.
Add milk mixture to flour mixture along with eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on highspeed for 3 minutes
Using a wooden or plastic spoon, stir in raisins and craisins, and as much flour as you can (of what remains of the other 2 cups).
Icing Recipe (if you don't want to use premade frosting)
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough 3-5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 2 hours).
Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease 2 baking sheets; set aside. Divide dough into 20 portions. Gently pull each portion into a ball, tucking edges under to make smooth tops. Place balls 1½ inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Cover; let rise until nearly double (about 1 hour).
Using a sharp knife, make crisscross slashes across the top of each bun. In a small bowl combine beaten egg white and 1 tablespoon water; brush over rolls (this will make your buns nice and shiny. If you forget this step they’ll be dull). Bake in a 375 F oven about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove buns from baking sheets. Cool slightly on wire racks. Drizzle Powdered Sugar Icing into crisscrosses on each bun or slather with frosting (my personal choice). You'll want to wait about 5-10 minutes before you frost them or the frosting will melt.
Icing Recipe (for those who don't want to use premade frosting)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Amount: ½ cup
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 Table spoon milk or orange juice
In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency.
Note: the icing will not look like the frosting in the pictures. It will be more of a thin drizzle.