Hot Cross Buns

    40 mins

    An Easter tradition. The egg yolk wash gives these a golden, glossy finish. The icing is simply made from sugar and milk.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 175ml warm water (45 C)
    • 50g butter
    • 1 tablespoon dried milk powder
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 3/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg white
    • 375g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
    • 100g dried currants (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • For the icing
    • 50g icing sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 tsp semi skimmed milk

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Put warm water, butter, milk powder, caster sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour and yeast in bread machine and start on dough program.
    2. When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave in machine till doubled.
    3. Punch down on floured surface, cover and let rest 10 minutes.
    4. Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 22x33cm (9x12 in) tin. Cover and let rise in a warm place till doubled, about 35-40 minutes.
    5. Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on dough balls.
    6. Bake at 190 C for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
    7. To make crosses: Mix together icing sugar, vanilla and milk. Brush a cross on each cooled bun.

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    Just made these buns today, wonderful. I didn't want to wait to add the raisins, (not a currant in the house)so they went in with everything else, didn't seem to hurt anything except to maybe make the buns a darker color, if you want whole raisins don't do this. A quick tip to make the frosting, put your powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a heavy plastic sandwich bag, mix by kneading the bag gently when all the ingredients are mixed well cut a tiny hole in one corner of the bag and squeeze to make the crosses.  -  13 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Since I was short on time, I decided to try this bread machine version over my 'traditional' recipe....and these buns were awesome! The even tasted just like my regular recipe! I did make some changes as my standby recipe was a bit different and you may want to try this too: I added 1 tsp. each vanilla extract & butter flavoring, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1 tsp. each dried lemon and orange peel and 3/4C. mixed candied fruit. So good with a cup of tea.....  -  05 Apr 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My husband says that the traditional hot cross buns have a sweetened dough cross rather than an icing one, so I made a sweet dough out of an egg white, some confectioners sugar, all purpose flour and some vanilla and put it on after brusing the tops with the egg yolk mixture - turned out great! Our guests loved them and asked for the recipe!  -  01 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)