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Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Rated as 4.46 out of 5 Stars

"'We looked forward to eating Mom's hot cross buns on Easter morning for many years,' recalls Barbara Jean Lull of Fullerton, California. This scaled-down version makes just six buns!"
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Ingredients

45 m servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Stir in butter, egg, sugar and salt. Combine 3/4 cup flour, raisins, currants, cinnamon and allspice; add to the yeast mixture and mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; shape into six 2-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over buns. Bake at 375 degrees F for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Combine icing ingredients; pipe over buns.

Footnotes

  • Nutritional Analysis: One bun equals 215 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 142 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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These are good and really fun to make! The dough smells wonderful. I left out the dried fruit. The icing is really thick and it piped out beautifully. I doubled the recipe and made 12 buns, ...

Most helpful critical review

good taste. Followed the recipe exactly and ended up with somewhat flat biscuits. 3 stars since the taste was good - and I concede some cook error/fault.

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These are good and really fun to make! The dough smells wonderful. I left out the dried fruit. The icing is really thick and it piped out beautifully. I doubled the recipe and made 12 buns, ...

they were very good the only reason i did not rate 5 stars because of 2 reasons . i did not like the allspice it did not taste right and and there was not enough icing i had to make double the ...

Great buns with a wonderful texture! I just added cinnamon and rasins - they were better than expected! Easy to make and you wont be dissapointed.

This was a great and easy recipe. And I loved that it only made 6...perfect for me! I didn't have any currants, so I substituted with cranberries. And I also chopped the raisins and cranberri...

Mmmmm, so good! I've never made hot cross buns before and these turned out great. I used a candied fruit mix and raisins. I doubled the recipe and it made 2 dozen dinner roll-sized buns. Perfect...

Just made these buns for Easter and had to taste them. Absolutely yummy. And, great for the small family. I added extra raisins, craisins and some citron fruitcake mix. All the other recipes...

I usually have difficulty with yeast bread but found this easy to make. Perfect size recipe, only change was using all raisins because I couldn't get the currants. I also ended up doubling the i...

These are AMAZING! I'll be making these every Easter. It's so perfect that it only makes 6 buns.

Best yeast anything I've ever made! These are simply delicious. I omitted the all spice and raisins so I used twice as many currants. Sooo delicious hot out of the oven with butter and salt. I ...