Easy Hot Cross Buns

Enjoy them with a sweet glaze and the symbolic cross on top on Good Friday or for breakfast throughout the weekend!

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For the Dough ▢2 tablespoons water warm ▢2 ¼ teaspoon dry active yeast ▢1 cup milk whole milk, warm ▢2 tablespoons butter softened ▢⅓ cup sugar more if you want buns more sweet ▢1 teaspoon sea salt ▢1 large egg room temperature ▢3 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour use up to ⅓ cup more flour if needed ▢½ teasoon cinnamon ▢¼ cup raisins finely chopped For the Crosses ▢½ cup flour ▢5 tablespoons water more if needed ▢1 tablespoon sugar For the Sugar Glaze ▢¼ cup water ▢¼ cup sugar

Step 1

In a small bowl, proof the yeast by combining it with warm water and letting it dissolve for about 5 minutes. It should start to foam, this is how you know it’s activating.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the warm milk, butter, and sugar. Don’t turn it on yet, but just simply mix it with a whisk to combine.

Step 3

To the stand mixer bowl, whisk in the yeast mixture and an egg until combined. Then, add the flour and cinnamon. Use the hook attachment to mix until the dough forms.

Step 4

Add the chopped raisins and mix until combined. Transfer the dough to a bowl brushed with melted butter. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free area to rest until it doubles in bulk. This should be about 1 hour.

Step 5

Divide the risen dough into 12-18 equal parts. You can do this easily with a bench scraper or sharp knife and use a kitchen scale to weigh them if you want to be that detailed. Roll each portion into a ball.

Step 6

Transfer each dough ball to a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving room between each one for expansion. Cover once again with a towel and let it rise once more for another 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Step 7

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. While it’s preheating, make the dough for the cross. Whisk the flour, sugar, and water together and put that mixture into a small Ziploc bag. Snip the tip of one of the corners.

Step 8

Gently squeeze the piping bag to use the dough to form crosses on top of each of the balls of dough. It’s ok if they’re not perfect, it can take some practice!

Step 9

Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake the hot cross buns for 18-20 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

Step 10

While the buns are in the oven, boil sugar and water and let it simmer for 3 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Use it to brush on the buns once they are out of the oven. Delish!

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