Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are commonly known as a Easter Bread Recipe topped with a white icing. Makes a great sweet roll for breakfast or brunch.

Hot Cross Buns

Easy Hot Cross Buns

Easy Hot Cross Buns

This soft dough is easily shaped, and makes tender, aromatic buns, ready for an icing cross on top.



1/4 cup apple juice or rum

1/2 cup mixed dried fruit

1/2 cup raisins or dried currants

1 1/4 cups milk, room temperature

3 large eggs, 1 separated

6 Tbs butter, room temperature

2 tsp instant yeast

1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves or allspice

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 3/4 tsp salt

1 Tbs baking powder

4 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


1 large egg white, reserved from above

1 Tbs milk


1 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

4 tsp milk, or enough to make a thick, pipeable icing



Lightly grease a 10" square pan or 9" x 13" pan.


Mix the rum or apple juice with the dried fruit and raisins, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave briefly, just till the fruit and liquid are very warm, and the plastic starts to "shrink wrap" itself over the top of the bowl. Set aside to cool to room temperature.


When the fruit is cool, mix together all of the dough ingredients except the fruit, and knead, using an electric mixer or bread machine, till the dough is soft and elastic. Mix in the fruit and any liquid not absorbed.


Let the dough rise for 1 hour, covered. It should become puffy, though may not double in bulk.


Divide the dough into billiard ball-sized pieces, about 3 3/4 ounces each. A heaped muffin scoop (about 1/3 cup) makes about the right portion. You'll make 12 to 14 buns. Use your greased hands to round them into balls. Arrange them in the prepared pan.


Cover the pan, and let the buns rise for 1 hour, or until they've puffed up and are touching one another. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.


Whisk together the reserved egg white and milk, and brush it over the buns.


Bake the buns for 20 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven, and transfer to a rack to cool.


Mix together the icing ingredients, and when the buns are completely cool, pipe it in a cross shape

Yield: 12 to 14 buns

Source: King Arthur Flour

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