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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!!!