An Easter favorite! These hot cross buns are relatively easy to make and are infinitely more delicious than anything bought in the shops.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 buns
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Buns:
Crosses and Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk milk, sugar, and yeast in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Cover and let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

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  • Sift flour, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Rub in butter with your fingers until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in raisins, eggs, and yeast mixture; mix until well combined.

  • Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a large, lightly-oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

  • Knock back risen dough with your fist. Remove from the bowl and knead for 1 minute. Divide into 12 pieces and roll into buns.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease an 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Arrange buns neatly in the prepared baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.

  • Whisk flour and water together in a small bowl to form a smooth paste. Transfer to a piping bag and carefully pipe a cross onto the top of each bun.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking until buns have risen and are golden in color, 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and immediately brush with warmed apricot jam.

Cook's Note:

Experiment by adding chocolate chips or chopped apple to your dough before shaping into buns. You could even soak the raisins overnight in some tea and add a little orange zest - the options are endless! If making chocolate chip buns, cut shallow crosses into the tops and trace with melted chocolate after baking.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; protein 8.7g; carbohydrates 67.9g; fat 5.9g; cholesterol 43.2mg; sodium 248.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (1)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2020
Turned out great and very delicious. I may like another recipe better than this, but I am definitely going to devour the pan. We skipped the cross part due to time, but it turned out well. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/23/2019
Total disaster! Dough wouldn’t hold together, raisins kept popping out, heavy as lead and flour and water crosses were inedible. Complete waste of time and ingredients! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/05/2020
Turned out great and very delicious. I may like another recipe better than this, but I am definitely going to devour the pan. We skipped the cross part due to time, but it turned out well. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/23/2019
Total disaster! Dough wouldn’t hold together, raisins kept popping out, heavy as lead and flour and water crosses were inedible. Complete waste of time and ingredients! Read More