Hot Cross Buns

27 Apr

The April Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den . She challenged us to Spring into our kitchens and make Easter breads reflecting cultures around the world. Since, in addition to sharing the recipe for Osterbrot – German Easter Bread and Mama Pia’s Easter Bread, she had also given us the option to bake any Easter Bread of our choice. I seized this opportunity to bake the “Hot Cross Buns” 🙂

Hot Cross Buns

And I sang the kindergarten rhyme “Hot Cross Buns” all the time I was baking. Well, according to wikipedia, A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisin and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, South Africa, and Canada. For the challenge I chose to use the one over at Foodness Gracious. I stumbled upon the blog while looking for a recipe for the buns, and I think I am a fan. I would totally recommend paying them a visit 🙂



  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tsp quick rising yeast
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup dried milk powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisin


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 tsp water


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp sugar

Dissolve the yeast in warm water and then add sugar, dried milk and the egg. Whisk them till combined. Add 1 1/2 cup of flour and mix it till it forms a smooth paste, cover and set it aside for ~30 minutes.

Hot Cross Buns

Add oil and salt, followed by the remaining flour, and after forming it into a ball, transfer to a stand mixer with a dough hook and add the spices. If the dough is still a little wet, add another tablespoon or two of flour. Add the raisins and mix at a low speed for a couple of minutes. Place the dough in a lightly greased container and set it aside again for ~30 minutes.

Grease a 13*10 inch baking tray and pre-heat the oven to 380 degree Fahrenheit. Divide the dough into 12 balls and place them into the tray  into a 4*3 grid. Cover the tray and set it aside till the dough balls rise enough to touch each other.  Meanwhile, mix water and flour together and once the dough balls are ready, pipe a cross across all the buns.

Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Boil sugar and water for the glaze. When the buns are golden brown remove from oven and  glaze them over.

Hot Cross Buns

The buns are now ready. I happened to stumble upon the recipe at the right time, not only was I looking for one I could use for this month’s DB challenge, the weather in the Bay Area has also been perfect to make one appreciate oven fresh buns (yeah,its raining here !!!!! and they say its summer! )

Hot Cross Buns

A good recipe, I say! You can butter them up or splash them over with some jam or marmalade, either way they are delicious. Off I go now, to make some hot tea 😀 Enjoy!!

12 Responses to “Hot Cross Buns”

  1. Mr. Stalker April 27, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Fantabulous!! I like this..

  2. Korena in the Kitchen April 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    I LOVE hot cross buns – yours look pretty perfect!

    • bakingfever April 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you Korena! you are very generous 🙂

  3. Louise April 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    I bet the aromas were mouth-watering! I have never made hot cross buns. Maybe I will try them!

    • bakingfever April 28, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Yes Louise!! The aroma was pretty great 🙂 you should totally give it a try.

  4. Joanne T Ferguson April 28, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    G’day! Your hot cross buns look amazing and I can almost smell them from here! Congrats on also completing this month’s Daring Kitchen Bakers Challenge!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. wolfsilveroak April 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    I’d often wondered how they got the cross on the top to be a different color from the rest of the bun and now I know! Great job!

    • bakingfever April 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

      • Jelena April 29, 2014 at 11:37 am #

        They look so soft, and I especially like the way your piping turned out. I made them recently and the flour/water mixture was too hard 🙂

  6. Agos April 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Lovely buns! They look so tiny and cute.

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