Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

"'We looked forward to eating Mom's hot cross buns on Easter morning for many years,' recalls Barbara Jean Lull of Fullerton, California. This scaled-down version makes just six buns!"
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45 m servings
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  1. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Stir in butter, egg, sugar and salt. Combine 3/4 cup flour, raisins, currants, cinnamon and allspice; add to the yeast mixture and mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; shape into six 2-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over buns. Bake at 375 degrees F for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Combine icing ingredients; pipe over buns.

Footnotes

  • Nutritional Analysis: One bun equals 215 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 142 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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These are good and really fun to make! The dough smells wonderful. I left out the dried fruit. The icing is really thick and it piped out beautifully. I doubled the recipe and made 12 buns, ...

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good taste. Followed the recipe exactly and ended up with somewhat flat biscuits. 3 stars since the taste was good - and I concede some cook error/fault.

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These are good and really fun to make! The dough smells wonderful. I left out the dried fruit. The icing is really thick and it piped out beautifully. I doubled the recipe and made 12 buns, ...

they were very good the only reason i did not rate 5 stars because of 2 reasons . i did not like the allspice it did not taste right and and there was not enough icing i had to make double the ...

Great buns with a wonderful texture! I just added cinnamon and rasins - they were better than expected! Easy to make and you wont be dissapointed.

This was a great and easy recipe. And I loved that it only made 6...perfect for me! I didn't have any currants, so I substituted with cranberries. And I also chopped the raisins and cranberri...

Mmmmm, so good! I've never made hot cross buns before and these turned out great. I used a candied fruit mix and raisins. I doubled the recipe and it made 2 dozen dinner roll-sized buns. Perfect...

Just made these buns for Easter and had to taste them. Absolutely yummy. And, great for the small family. I added extra raisins, craisins and some citron fruitcake mix. All the other recipes...

I usually have difficulty with yeast bread but found this easy to make. Perfect size recipe, only change was using all raisins because I couldn't get the currants. I also ended up doubling the i...

These are AMAZING! I'll be making these every Easter. It's so perfect that it only makes 6 buns.

Best yeast anything I've ever made! These are simply delicious. I omitted the all spice and raisins so I used twice as many currants. Sooo delicious hot out of the oven with butter and salt. I ...

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