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!