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Homemade Hot Cross Buns
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Homemade Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are an Easter tradition. Don't spend money on premade buns at the store. Make these homemade Hot Cross Buns and have the best Easter buns ever.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Inactive time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot cross buns
Servings: 12
Author: Jill


  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup mixed candied fruit
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon quick rise yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg




  • In a medium bowl whisk together 1 cup of flour with the sugar, yeast, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl beat together the milk, butter and eggs.
  • Add the flour/yeast mixture to the milk mixture and beat well, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the candied fruit and raisins.
  • Gradually stir in the remaining flour to make soft dough.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 7 minutes, until dough is smooth.
  • Form the dough into a ball, cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Set aside.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide it into 12 equal sized pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball and place it in the prepared baking dish.
  • Cover with a clean tea towel and let stand in a warm draught free area until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a small bowl mix together the water, flour and powdered sugar for the crosses. Put this mixture in a Ziploc bag, cut a corner off the bag and pipe a line down the length and width of the pan of buns to form crosses.
  • Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  • Mix together the powdered sugar and milk for the icing and brush it over the buns while they are hot from the oven.