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Hot Cross Buns

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 15 buns
Calories 363kcal
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • 1 8 g packet active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 ¾- 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup dried currants


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp water

Icing (optional)

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 tsp milk


  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In an 8 oz liquid measuring cup, combine the warm milk, ¼ cup sugar and salt.
  • Add the lukewarm milk mixture, butter, egg, cinnamon, cloves and 1 cup flour to the dissolved yeast mixture. Beat until combine.
  • Stir in the raisins and dried currants.
  • Gradually stir in the 2 ¾ cups of flour, adding more flour if needed, to make a soft dough which leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead, adding more flour as needed, until a soft dough is achieved, about 5 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Punch down the dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 15 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place 2-inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten the balls slightly. Cover with kitchen towels and let rise in a warm place until double, 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degree F.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water. Brush top of the buns with the yolk mixture.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the pans to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  • If using icing, in a small bowl, mix together the confectioner’s sugar and milk. Fill a pastry bag or a Ziploc bag with the icing mixture, snip the tip (or cut a tiny hole in the corner) and then pipe a cross on top of each bun.


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3.5mg