Hot Cross Buns
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Hot Cross Buns are traditionally served during the Easter season, but are wonderful anytime of the year. This sweet yeast bread is very flavorful with spices, raisins and citron. Spread a sugar glaze on top of the warm rolls in a cross pattern to create their distinctive look.
Recipe type: Dessert | Yeast Bread
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 to 115 degrees) (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup raisins or currants
  • ¼ cup candied citron
  • 4½ to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1⅓ cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon zest, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (preferably whole milk)
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine warm milk and yeast; stir and let sit until yeast is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Add melted butter, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt; beat until mixture is smooth. Stir in raisins or currants and citron. Add 2 cups flour; stir until well mixed. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board; knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time if dough is too sticky.
  3. Place dough in a well greased bowl; turn dough over once to grease the top. Cover bowl with a small kitchen towel and let dough rise is a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Prepare two 13x9x2 inch oblong pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening
  5. Punch dough down then turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead dough briefly, 4 to 5 times.
  6. Divide dough into 24 pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball and place in baking pans about 1 inch apart. Cover and let buns rise is a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Bake: When the buns have risen, use a sharp kitchen knife or scissors and cut a shallow cross in the top of each bun. Use a pastry brush to gently brush the tops of the buns with beaten egg white. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove buns from oven. Place pan on a wire cooling rack to cool.
  1. In a small bowl, combine confectioners sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, and enough milk to make a good spreading consistency.
  2. Spread or drizzle glaze on warm rolls in the cutout cross pattern atop each bun.
Recipe Notes
Pan: Two 13"x9"x2" inch oblong Pan Prep: Greased Oven Temp: 375° Yield: 24 Buns Storage: Covered, Room Temperature

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