Hot Cross Buns

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These do-it-yourself Scorching Cross Buns are a particular Easter custom. Smooth fluffy spiced rolls with a particular cross on the highest an Easter favourite with particular which means.

Yeast bread shouldn’t be troublesome to grasp, just a bit endurance and time are all that’s required. The reward will likely be well worth the wait!

Hot Cross Bun on a plate

What are Scorching Cross Buns?

Historically made and served on Good Friday, sizzling cross buns are yeast-based rolls with heat spices and infrequently a shiny glaze on the surface. A cross created from flour paste signifies the cross Jesus died on and the aromatic spices symbolize the honoring of his physique after His demise.

This straightforward bread recipe is made with fragrant spices and studded with raisins (or currants) and is a traditional heirloom of a recipe from an previous church cookbook of mine.

Ingredients to make hot cross buns labeled

Substances & Variations

DOUGH The dough for these rolls is a straightforward yeast dough with spices. As soon as it’s risen, we knead in some raisins or currants earlier than forming rolls.

SPICES Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are the standard spices to make use of for warm cross buns. Freshly grated lemon or orange zest might be added for a lighter, citrusy style.

ADD-INS Raisins and currants can be utilized interchangeably or together. Toasted nuts, items of candied orange peel, dried cranberries, or toasted coconuts might be combined into the dough.

PRO TIP: Keep away from overstuffing the rolls with components so the flavors don’t overwhelm the spices.

Easy methods to Make Scorching Cross Buns

As with most leavened bread, there are a few steps to this recipe. However the finish result’s moist and superbly crossed buns.

  1. Put together the dough in line with the recipe beneath.
  2. Knead and add raisins. Kind into rolls.
  3. Pipe a flour cross on the rolls and let rise.
  4. Brush with egg wash & bake till golden.

Four image showing the steps to prepare Hot Cross Buns for baking

Easy methods to Make the Crosses on Scorching Cross Buns

  • Make the flour paste and place it in a piping bag (or plastic bag with a small nook reduce off).
  • Pipe a cross throughout every sizzling cross bun and let the rolls rise one other 20-25 minutes.

TIP: As you pipe the cross, go slowly to permit the flour combination to run down between the sides of the rolls a bit.

Hot Cross Buns cooling on a baking rack


Maintain leftover sizzling cross buns in a lined container at room temperature for as much as 3 days. They’re greatest baked on the day of serving.

In the event that they’ve sat a bit, we warmth them within the microwave to heat and soften.

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Scorching Cross Buns

These candy and evenly spiced buns with a particular cross on the highest are the proper deal with for Easter or spring!

Flour Cross

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  • Place milk in a small saucepan and warmth over medium warmth simply till bubbles start to kind on the edges (the temperature ought to attain about 181°F.) Don’t boil.

  • Pour the milk right into a bowl of a stand mixer (or a big bowl) and add ½ cup sugar and salt. Whisk to mix. Add butter and stir till the butter is melted. Let the combination cool to 110°F (or lukewarm).

  • In the meantime, mix yeast, ½ cup heat water (110°F), and 1 teaspoon sugar in a bowl. Let sit 10 minutes or till foamy.

  • Add the yeast to the milk combination. Whisk in 2 entire eggs (reserve the third egg for brushing the rolls earlier than baking), cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

  • Add 2 cups of flour and blend with a dough hook (see notes to combine by hand). Proceed including extra flour till it kinds a dough that holds collectively and is not too sticky (you’ll use about 4-5 cups of flour whole). Flip the mixer to medium-low and let it knead for 4-5 minutes or till clean and elastic. Add raisins or currants and orange zest if utilizing and knead once more to include.

  • Place the dough into a big oiled bowl and canopy with a kitchen towel.

  • Set in a heat place and let rise till doubled in dimension, about 90 minutes.

  • Punch the dough down and kind into 12 even-sized rolls. Place the rolls in a greased 9×13 pan and let rise 20-25 minutes.

  • Whereas the dough is rising, mix the flour and water for the cross. It needs to be thick sufficient to carry its form. Brush rolls with egg wash and place the flour combination in a piping bag and pipe a cross on every roll.

  • Whereas the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 400°F.

  • Bake for 24-26 minutes or till cooked by means of.

In case you shouldn’t have a stand mixer, combine the flour in with a big spoon. As soon as combined, flip the dough onto a evenly floured floor and knead 8-10 minutes or till clean. Add raisins or currants and knead once more to include. Proceed with the recipe as directed above.
*You might not want the entire water for the flour cross, you need it thick sufficient to pipe and maintain its form.
I like so as to add a candy glaze as soon as they’ve baked. It seems to be lovely and tastes nice however take into account that the glaze will make the rolls barely sticky.
Optionally available Glaze: Boil 3 tablespoons water and three tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan. Brush over the nice and cozy rolls.

Energy: 273, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 7g, Fats: 5g, Saturated Fats: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g, Monounsaturated Fats: 1g, Trans Fats: 1g, Ldl cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 215mg, Potassium: 179mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 189IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2mg

(Diet data offered is an estimate and can differ primarily based on cooking strategies and types of components used.)

Course Bread, Breakfast

Delicacies American

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Hot Cross Buns sliced open with a pat of butter with a title
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Top image - Hot Cross bun with a pat of butter. Bottom image - Hot Cross buns cooling on a baking rack with a title

Recipe from a do-it-yourself church cookbook.


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