Quick Hot Cross Buns

Soft, Warm & gently Buttered

About this Recipe:

  • Soft rolls with slightly browned tops
  • Subtle cinnamon, nutmeg, and optional raisins flavours
  • Makes 12 medium rolls
  • Quick recipe only 1 hour rest/rise time
The Method: A Quick Guide

The Dough: Firstly, in one large bowl the yeast and warm milk are combined and set to rest for 5 mins until frothy (pictured below) then the butter, flour, salt and baking powder get added to form a dough.

The Knead: With dough now made, it just needs to be kneaded for 8-9 mins wth the addition of flour as needed until an elastic like dough forms where your hands print bounces back (pictured).

The Rest: placed back in the bowl the dough now rests for 1 hour. Then it gets rolled out in-to 12 roughly equal balls.

The Cross: The flour cross is made then put in a piping bag and piped onto each bun only after a gentle egg wash has been brushed on.

Bake and Enjoy! baked for ~20 mins and topped with butter, these buns are warm and delicious!

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake timeRest time
15 mins~20 mins 1 hour + 5 mins
Yields:12 medium buns

Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients:

The Dough

  • ¾ cup warm milk (whole or 2 %)
  • 3 tablespoons butter *melted*
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • ¾ cup raisins (optional)

The Cross piping

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Procedure:

Firstly the dough is made by combining the yeast and sugar in a large bowl and gently mixing it with warm (but not piping hot) milk. Cover and briefly let rest for 5 mins until frothy.

Next the dough is made by adding flour, salt, cinnamon, raisins, and the egg.

Once a ball of dough appears, place it on a floured surface and add flour as needed for the 8-9 mins of kneading. The dough should be elastic and bounce back to the touch after the 8-9 mins of kneading. The dough now goes back in the bowl to rest for 1 hour with the towel as a cover.

Once done resting, the dough is separated into 12 equal balls and ready for a gentle egg wash (optional but recommended for brown tops!)

Now for the cross piping. In a bowl combine the water, icing sugar, vanilla, and milk then place in a piping bag and snip off the tip. Pipe a cross on each bun and they are ready fro the oven!

Bake at 375 Degrees F for ~ 20 mins.

Once out of the oven spread with butter and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Orange Glazed Almond Bread

Sweet bread with subtle orange and slivered almonds glaze !

About This Recipe:
  • braided sweet bread
  • egg washed for crispy outsides with soft insides
  • silvered almonds on-top
  • orange zest inside and on-top
  • slightly sweet but not too sweet!

The Method

Firstly, the dough is made all in one large bowl then set to rest. Mixed together are all the dry ingredients; then the melted butter and milk are added along with the egg and orange zest until a dough ball appears.

after only a brief 10 mins of resting, the dough is kneaded, then braided to be rested for 1 hour.

Next egg washed and baked for 30-35 mins at 350 Degrees F and it is complete!

Lastly, is the sweet glaze and slivered almonds to finish off the lovely sweet bread

The recipe:

Prep timeBake timeRise time
25 mins35 mins70 mins
one large ~1o inch loft

Orange & Almond glazed Braided Bread

Ingredients:

The Bread

  • 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 egg
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Glaze

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1-3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • Sliced almonds for garnish

Procedure:

In a large bowl (keep in mind this is the one the dough will rise in) combine 2 cups of the flour with the yeast sugar and salt. In a saucepan or microwave heat the milk and the butter until quite warm, almost hot to the touch. Pour over the mixture and add the egg; mix for 3-5 mins then add the orange zest. Add the remaining flour until a soft dough like ball forms.

Next, knead the dough for 5-7 mins until elastic and not too sticky.

Let the dough sit back in the bowl for 15 mins with a cover ontop.

Once 15 mins is up; separate the ball of dough into three long rectangles strands and braid. Let rise on a baking sheet that is parchment lined with the towel overtop for 1 hour.

Gently brush with an egg wash and Bake at 350 Degrees F for 30-35 mins.

Meanwhile, make the glaze!

For the glaze just mix all the ingredients together by whisk or fork and drizzle over the lovely warm bread once it is out of the oven!

Add slivered almonds, more glaze, slice and enjoy!

Happy Baking!