Traditional Hot Cross Buns
Total TimePrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dried currants
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 to 6 teaspoons whole milk
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. In a large bowl, combine eggs, butter, sugar, salt, spices, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in currants, raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape into 30 balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and water; brush over tops. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool slightly.
- For icing, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Pipe a cross on top of each bun. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts1 bun: 171 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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Apr 22, 2019
Made these to take the Easter potluck at the fire station. They are wonderful. There were a few leftover. Can’t wait to have one with my coffee in the morning.
Apr 15, 2018
I added diced dried apricots. They were delicious with honey and tea. Thank you, Barbara Jean, for sharing this recipe.
Mar 24, 2018
I just made these today. They turned out wonderful. I iced only a few then froze the rest for Easter next week. Easy recipe.
Mar 12, 2016
Killing the yeast with water that is too hot, over or under kneading and not enough rise time can cause buns that are not good.Following the recipe is not enough. Baking is an art and one has to know when, how much and how to knead the dough.One can make this dough and let it rise overnight in the fridge or let is rise longer in a warm area.Experience is the best teacher, so keep trying until they come out good. : )
Mar 3, 2016
Apr 13, 2015
Was good but I halved all the ingredients to make 15 and it worked out perfectly
Mar 29, 2015
How do we convert this for Bread Machines please?
Mar 19, 2015
My Family likes these so well .That I make them all the time
Mar 13, 2015
They look very good going to make some, can't wait. Joan Trusso.....
Jan 19, 2015
Just now I got the recipe , will try it for my granddaughter . hope I can make it .