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Hot Cross Buns

by Katie Reed

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Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast

Hot Cross Buns have long been one of my very favorite Easter traditions. Cut in half and smothered in butter or jelly or clotted cream, they are a gorgeous breakfast or dessert. While I had heard the children’s song many times, I never really knew what Hot Cross Buns were until I moved to the UK when I was 19. My first Easter in England presented me with my first opportunity to sample this traditional bread, and it became a favorite meal for spring time.

One of my biggest annoyances since moving back to the US is that Hot Cross Buns here are not the same. In the original version, the “crosses” on the buns are made from dough, and they are baked right onto the buns. In the US, though, they are usually piped on with some sort of sugary glaze.

A friend recently made a batch of the American version, and she graciously allowed me to share them here. While they aren’t exactly the same as the ones I ate in England, they are still pretty darn good. I mean, who doesn’t love icing?

Here’s what you’ll need:

Buns

4 cups flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 1/4 cups warm milk
1 tbsp active dry yeast
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup dried currants or raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Icing

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp milk

To begin, mix together warm milk, butter, sugar and yeast in a stand mixer for three minutes, then let it stand for five minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture, and blend on medium speed until incorporated.

Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast

Add in the cinnamon and nutmeg and then blend again.

Fold in the currants/raisins, cover and let sit for 1 hour to let it rise.

Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast

After an hour, divide the dough into small 2-3 inch balls on a baking sheet. Let stand for another ten minutes or so.

Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast

Bake your buns at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. When done, transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast
Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast

Make your icing by whisking milk and powdered sugar together vigorously until smooth. Add more milk if the mixture is too stiff.

Drizzle icing onto your buns in a cross shape.

Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast
Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast

Serve warm or cooled as is your preference. I love to cut mine in half and toast them, though that can be messy with this version since the icing may melt. They are so flavorful and tasty, though, so any way you choose to eat them, you will enjoy the flavor.

Hot Cross Buns - A Perfect Easter Breakfast
Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

One of the most traditional Easter treats is now easy to make.

Ingredients

Buns

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. To begin, mix together warm milk, butter, sugar and yeast in a stand mixer for three minutes, then let it stand for five minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture, and blend on medium speed until incorporated.
  4. Add in the cinnamon and nutmeg and then blend again.
  5. Fold in the currants/raisins, cover and let sit for 1 hour to let it rise.
  6. After an hour, divide the dough into small 2-3 inch balls on a baking sheet. Let stand for another ten minutes or so.
  7. Bake your buns at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. When done, transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Make your icing by whisking milk and powdered sugar together vigorously until smooth. Add more milk if the mixture is too stiff.
  9. Drizzle icing onto your buns in a cross shape.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 259mg Carbohydrates: 56g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 21g Protein: 6g
This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.

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