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Old Fashioned Hot Cross Buns

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Hot Cross Buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Inactive Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 buns
Calories: 297kcal


For Buns:

  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup mixed candied fruit
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon quick rise yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup water plus 1 tablespoon


  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk


For the buns:

  • In a medium bowl whisk together 1 cup of flour with the sugar, yeast, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl beat together the milk, butter and eggs.
  • Add the flour/yeast mixture to the milk mixture and beat well, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the candied fruit and raisins.
  • Gradually stir in the remaining flour to make soft dough.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 7 minutes, until dough is smooth.
  • Form the dough into a ball, cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Set aside.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide it into 12 equal sized pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball and place it in the prepared baking dish.
  • Cover with a clean tea towel and let stand in a warm, draft free area until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.

For the crosses:

  • In a small bowl mix together the water, flour and powdered sugar.
  • Put this mixture in a Ziploc bag, cut a corner off the bag and pipe a line down the length and width of the pan of buns to form crosses.
  • Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Ice the buns while they are hot.

For the icing:

  • Mix together the powdered sugar and milk for the icing and brush it over the buns while they are hot from the oven.


Serving: 1bun | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg