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Hot Cross Buns 
23rd-Mar-2008 06:38 pm
Misc: Domestic

Recipe Name:  Hot Cross Buns

Types: Bread, Buns, Easter

Pictures: Yes

Prep Time: ~40 minutes w/3 hour rise time

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 20



  • 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. 

24th-Mar-2008 02:10 am (UTC)

I have put this in memories and printed it off! You are an absolute love! I adore them and now I can feel all smug, burn a few and then eventually come out with a batch and then can give Jason a superior sniff and bat his hands away and look all smug! Thank you!

24th-Mar-2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
You're welcome ^_^ Good luck!
24th-Mar-2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
LOL...I think we should be sending that 'luck' to the victims of my ahhh skills lol
24th-Mar-2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Now, here's what you should do...make up some of those towards the end of September, wrap them in plastic, put them in a box, put the box in your suitcase (you can leave some clothes out if they won't fit in after you put in the box), and then bring them to y-con!. Sounds like a great idea to me!!! hehe Actually this recipe looks terribly yummy and I may just have to print it off and try it! Thanks!
24th-Mar-2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
*laughs* While that is a rather tempting idea, I regret to inform you that I only make these once a year. kikiko_haru and I were talking about bringing some baked items though and seeing if anyone else wanted to as well. Maybe some sort of exchange thing haha. Perhaps I'll see who all is interested.
25th-Mar-2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I tried hehe I can bake and would be happy to bring something to share. We should try to get everyone from LJ together to do a meet up or something. With name tags of course, hehe
24th-Mar-2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to lie; I prooooobably won't try to make this, because I'm not much on the culinary abilities. But they look really good, and so... you know... if you wanted to, I would totally support your bringing some to YC to share with all your LJ friends. ^_^
25th-Mar-2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* better to tell the truth than lie *nods*

Well, as I told mustanginblue I only make these once a year, so the chance of that is pretty slim. kikiko_haru and I had been talking about maybe doing a treat exchange at ycon. Maybe I'll see who all is interested closer to the con. I can make killer homemade brownies with caramel/pecan/coconut topping... >_>
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