I have never made Hot Cross Buns before, and certainly never from scratch considering my fear of yeast until the past year or so! This year however I saw a recipe on Pinterest and decided I just had to try it. What could possibly go wrong? Other than the 3 of us eating a whole pan of nice, warm Hot Cross Buns….. Nothing! (embarrassed face)
Here is the link to the recipe I found and that turned out absolutely perfect! I want to give credit where credit is due and this recipe was easy to follow and the results could not have been better. https://www.sweetestmenu.com/blog/homemade-hot-cross-buns#_a5y_p=5201793
Here is my step-by-step making this recipe
This is everything I needed to make the recipe. The first thing I did was sprinkle the 2 1/4 tsp. of yeast with the 1/2 cup of warm water and set aside to let the yeast activate.
In the bowl of my stand mixer I blended two cups of flour, 4 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp.ginger, 1 tsp. allspice (I didn’t have any nutmeg) and 1 cup of raisins.
I warmed up the 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of margarine in the microwave so it was hot but I could still put my finger in the cup.
Next I beat the 2 eggs in one bowl, mixed the 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp. of salt in another, then mixed it all together in the measuring cup with the milk and butter.
Now I mixed the milk mixture in the bowl of the mixer bowl with the flour mixture until blended and then added the yeast and water mixture. Once mixed, I added the remaining 1 3/4 cups of flour and blended this until it was a nice soft dough and started to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Now I let the mixer knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
I then transferred the dough to the countertop sprinkled with flour and kneaded by hand for another 2 minutes and formed it into a ball.
I placed the dough ball into a clean, greased bowl, turning once to make sure the top was greased too and then put in the oven on Proof for one hour until it had doubled in size.
Once the dough had doubled in size I punched it down to get rid of any air bubbles, divided the dough into 12 not quite even portions and shaped into “buns,” then placed into my prepared pan. I let this rise for another half hour in the oven on the Proof setting.
Now was the time to do the actual “Cross” portion of the Hot Cross Buns! I mixed 1/3 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of water to make a paste. I didn’t have an icing bag so I just put this mixture into a resealable sandwich bag and snipped a little portion of the corner. I piped the crosses on the buns using this paste and sandwich bag and then placed the buns into the preheated oven at 350 and baked them for 20 minutes.
While the buns were baking I made the sugar glaze. This consisted of mixing together 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. I microwaved it for about 3 1/2 minutes until it was thick and bubbly, stopping to whisk it every minute. I then brushed the glaze onto the buns and literally stared at the pan for about 5 minutes before I decided enough was enough and cut them up to taste them! (My son conveniently hovered in the kitchen while they were baking! I was really surprised he didn’t just pull up a chair and put it in front of the oven door like he used to when he was little)
While it was well worth the wait, I have no idea why we put ourselves through that! They are absolutely delicious!
Oh, and my son (and husband, once we decided we could possibly share) gave it 2 sticky thumbs up!
Again, here is where you can find the Full Recipe at:
It is well worth trying! You will not be disappointed!
Thank you Sweetest Menu for an absolutely delicious recipe!eep