Hot Cross Buns

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Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns

At Easter time all the aunts and my grandma of course competed to make Hot Cross Buns. It was an Easter treat and we could ONLY eat them during lent. Normally on Friday with Mac and Cheese and Fish Sticks!

Hot cross buns are a yeast bread, but don’t panic, it’s not hard! They are spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg, yummy raisins and my favorite, don’t tell my grandma, orange icing!

If you’ve never made yeast bread, these are easy to start out on. And they are absolutely delicious!

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Hot Cross Buns

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  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 rolls


A spicy yeast roll with raisins and orange icing!  So good!


For the rolls:

2 packages (1/4 ounce) dry active yeast

2 cups warm milk (110 – 120 degrees)

2 eggs room temperature

3 Tablespoons butter – softened

1/4 Cup Sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

6-7 cups of Flour

1 Cup Raisins

1 egg yolk

2 Tablespoons water

For the Icing:

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

3 Tablespoons Orange Juice – I use it out of the carton but you can squeeze it fresh if you want.


For the rolls:

Dissolve the yeast in the milk in a small bowl or measuring cup.

Combine eggs, butter, sugar salt, spices and yeast mixture in large bowl.

Add in 3 cups of Flour.

Add in raisins.

Add in enough flour to make a soft sticky dough.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for 6-8 minutes.  Nice way to get out aggression!

Grease a medium bowl with vegetable oil, put the dough in the bowl and turn it over to cover it with the oil.

Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise until doubled, usually about an hour.  I have found putting the bowl in the microwave (turned off) keeps it out of the way and is a great environment for it to rise.

Punch it down, so it deflates, and go back to your floured surface.  

Divide the dough into 24 balls, and place them 2 inches apart on baking sheets.  

Cover again and let rise until doubled again, this time it’s only 30-45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375.

After the rolls have risen, use a sharp, sharp knife and cut a cross across the top, you can skip this part if you want.

Mix the egg yolk with the water and brush across tops to give it a shine brown finish.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Let sit a few minutes and move from baking sheets to cooling racks. 

For the icing:

Mix the powdered sugar and the orange juice and ice the tops of the rolls.

Dig in and Enjoy!!!

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