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Web's Best Recipe Hot Cross Buns

Recipe hot cross buns is a delicious, delicately spiced sweet bun that traditionally is served during lent and on Good Friday. Variations of these buns occur in many countries, but all use the symbolism of the cross on top of the buns.

There are many theories concerning the history of the hot cross bun recipe. Most link the bread to British origins, but who knows? What we do know is that this delicious bread is a welcome addition to any Easter meal or snack.

You will find two recipe hot cross buns here: The first is a traditional recipe; the second recipe uses the bread machine.

#1 Recipe Hot Cross Buns

2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional) 6 1/2 - 7 cups all-purpose flour
Optional but recommended: Bread Dough Enhancer. Use per manufacturer's instructions.
4 eggs
1/2 cup dried currants, washed
1/2 cup raisins, washed
1/2 cup mixed candied peel (optional)

Glaze and Icing 2 tbsp water
1 egg yolk
1 cup confectioner's sugar
4 tsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and 3 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add eggs, beating well after each. Stir in the currants, raisins, peel, and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn on a floured board; knead 6-8 minutes until smooth. Place in a greased bowl, turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; shape into 30 balls. Place on greased baking sheets. Cut a cross on top of each with a sharp knife. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes, until doubled.

Beat water and egg yolk; brush over rolls. Bake recipe hot cross buns at 375 for 12-15 min. Cool on wire racks.

For icing, combine ingredients until smooth; drizzle over rolls.

#2 Recipe Hot Cross Buns for Breadmaker

breadmaker Tip: The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker is truly the Cadillac of bread machines, in my view.


1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp. grated lemon zest. Tip: Zesting a lemon is a lot simpler if you have a decent tool.
3 cup flour
Optional but recommended : Bread Dough Enhancer, as linked above. Use per manufacturer's instructions.
1 package yeast
1/4 currants, raisins or mixed fruit (optional)


4 teaspoon Milk
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Do on dough cycle. If using dried fruit, add 5 minutes before end of kneading cycle. Rest for 15 min. after kneading. Shape into 18 rolls and mark a cross on top of each roll. Let rise. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.


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