Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hot Cross BUns
  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 60 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Hot Cross Buns aren't just for Easter Time!  The sweet, citrusy rolls are simple to make and are bursting with flavor!

This recipe uses a simple roll dough with the addition of sweet and juicy raisins and bright orange zest! The raisins taste best in the rolls when they have been soaked in a bit of warm water and then drained before adding them to the roll dough.  

Hot Cross Buns are best served hot out of the oven! Start your Easter Brunch or any brunch off right with a tray of these rolls and some delicious baon and eggs! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 package of active dried yeast (or 2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast)
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup of milk, scalded
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 Tablespoon of orange zest
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk

How to Make It

  1. Soak the raisins in some warm water for about twenty minutes, or as long as it takes to make the dough. This ensures that they will be moist and delicious in the bread!
  2. Combine the yeast with the lukewarm water and let sit for a few minutes.
  3. Combine the hot, scalded (not boiled!!!) milk with the butter and sugar. Allow the butter to melt and the sugar to dissolve in the hot milk. Cool the milk and butter mixture until it is lukewarm.
  1. Combine the lukewarm milk mixture with the water and yeast mixture. Beat in the egg and the orange zest.
  2. Place the mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer and slowly add in the flour until it is completely incorporated and a soft dough has formed. Strain the water off of the raisins and add them into the dough. Mix again until the raisins are fully incorporated into the dough.  
  3. Cover the dough and allow to rise for 30 minutes, until the dough has about doubled. 
  4. Cut or divide the dough into 12 equal balls. Form the dough into smooth round balls. Place them snugly in a buttered baking dish, a 13x9 pan works best. Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and allow to rise for another thirty minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Bake the rolls for about twenty minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. While the rolls are baking, combine the 1/4 cup of water and 2 Tablespoons of sugar in a small saucepan. Heat on medium until the sugar has dissolved and some of the water has evaporated. 
  7. When the rolls are taken out of the oven, glaze them with the sugar and water mixture.  
  8. Combine the powdered sugar with the milk. It should be rather thick in consistency, add more powdered sugar or milk as needed. Place the mixture in a piping bag, or a plastic bag with the tip snipped and draw crosses over the top of each bun. Serve while warm and enjoy!