Hot Cross Buns Recipe 

Hot cross buns are a popular Easter treat with their soft, spicy dough and cross topping. Love these lovely, fragrant buns that represent the Crucifixion. Fresh or butter-toasted hot cross buns warm Easter celebrations.  


– 4 cups all-purpose flour – 1/4 cup granulated sugar – 1 teaspoon salt – 1 tablespoon active dry yeast – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg – 1/4 teaspoon ground clove – 1 1/2 cups warm milk – 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted – 1 egg, beaten – 1/2 cup raisins or currant – 1/4 cup mixed peel (optional) For the Cross: – 1/2 cup all-purpose flour – 4-5 tablespoons water



In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.In another bowl, combine heated milk, melted butter, and egg.  


Whisk wet and dry components together. Mix peel and raisins or currants.Soften the dough by carefully adding the remaining flour.  


On a floured surface, knead the dough for 8–10 minutes until smooth and elastic Dough in a greased bowl, covered with a clean towel, rises in a warm place for an hour until doubled.  


Punch down and divide the dough into 12 equal pieces after rising. Form each amount into a ball and place on a baking tray with space between buns. 


Let the buns rise 30 more minutes under a clean cloth. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).  


Make a thick cross paste by mixing flour and water in a small basin. Put paste in a piping bag or cut-corner plastic bag.  


Pipe a cross on each bun.Heat the oven and bake the buns for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. The glaze is made by melting apricot jam or marmalade with water in a small pot while the buns bake.  


Brush the heated glaze over the buns after baking. Cool buns before serving. Warm, butter-toasted hot cross buns are delicious!  


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