Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hot Cross Buns

I broke the tradition a few days early and made my Hot Cross Buns in the beginning of the week.
My Mom made them every Easter  and we ate them still warm from the oven on Thursday before Good Friday.  If there were any left...they would be our breakfast on Good Friday.

These lightly spiced buns are soft and moist and perfect with a hot cup of tea.
This is a smaller batch.  It would make 24 buns in 2 9X13 pans...or  you can make part of the dough into small loaves which you can slice up.  It toasts up wonderfully.
  • 5 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups candied diced fruit (sometimes called Glace Cake Mix) found in the baking aisle
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups flour
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, sugar and warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes until the yeast has puffed up.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the milk and butter until the butter begins to melt. 
  3. Add the sugar and the eggs to the yeast mixture and the milk and butter after.  (Be sure not to add very hot milk to the yeast and egg mixture.  It should be warm but not hot to touch.
  4. Mix 1 cup of the flour with the candied fruit and stir well.
  5. Add several cups of flour and the nutmeg and vanilla to the liquid ingredients and then add the fruit. 
  6. Knead until it forms a ball.  Don't over knead.  It should come together but it will still be sticky because of the fruit.  Knead using a bit of additional flour for a few minutes.
  7. Put into a large bowl where it can double in size.  Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise.
  8. Once it has doubled, form into buns and place them in greased pans.  Take a very sharp knife and cut an X across each bun. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise until doubled and very light.
  9. Preheat oven to 325 Convection or 350 F regular bake and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Mix honey glaze in microwave safe bowl: 
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. water
  1. Microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Brush over buns.
  3. Pipe your favorite butter icing across each bun in the X's. 


  1. I found your great blog a few weeks ago and I'm thrilled with what I see. Thanks for such a wealth of 'real' food recipes! xo

    1. Thanks Sherri. What an encouragement. Welcome here!

  2. These are such pretty Hot Cross Buns, but then your photos are are always wonderful. And the buns look delicious too!

    1. Thank you Lynda... We are just sitting down to breakfast now...with hot cross buns!

  3. I love hot cross buns!!! Never had them with candied fruit, looks like something I'll bookmark and try.

    Your blog came to mind when my husband brewed up homemade cider vinegar. Are there any uses for the yeast that comes from cider vinegar? Should I refrigerate it or leave it in a cool dark area, in a glass jar until ready to use. Have you ever tried this in any of your recipes that call for yeast?

    Blessings, Mel

    1. Mel...that yeast sounds fascinating. I have never tried that...maybe some of the other girls have? Have you tried googling it? It is amazing what answers can be found there.

    2. Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, I did google it, came up with mostly recipes for the cider vinegar itself, so far; none on the uses of the yeast. ;(

  4. Oh boy - I think your version of the hot cross buns looks fantastic! I'll bet they tasted so good....have a wonderful weekend Lovella. I so appreciate all your posts - it's such an encouragment for me in so many ways!

  5. So happy to find a recipe without cinnamon! I'm allergic and all my mom's recipes have rasins and cinnamon in them. Can't wait to try this recipe out this weekend. My first Hot Cross Buns! I love your blog. Every recipe I have tried has been great :)

  6. I don't think I've every had hot cross buns, at least that I can remember. It's my husband and I's first Easter together and I think I'll start a tradition of making them :). Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  7. I love this time of year. Easter is so meaningful for our family. I cannot wait to go to church for Good Friday tomorrow to start off the weekend. Hot Cross buns are an important part of the weekend for us and these ones that you have here look wonderful. I hope you have a blessed Easter weekend!

  8. Our Hot Cross Buns in addition to flour, yeast, etc. had currants, cinnamon and a little allspice, no other fruit.Its fun to see every one else's "traditions".

    Jo in MN

  9. I have not had a homemade hot cross bun in many years, commercial ones just don't do it justice. This recipe sounds delicious and what I call a "keeper". xo

  10. looks amazing!! how do you make your butter icing?

  11. Thank you, I am about to start making them. I will let you know how they come!
    Jilly oxoxo

  12. There is no salt in this recipe. Is that a typo, or is it not supposed to have salt in it?

    1. There is no salt but go ahead and add some If you prefer.